Flying to get safer for the rich as airlines plan to add airbags in first class

by Dhiram Shah

New Government regulations are forcing airlines to have 16G seats that will stay bolted to the floor in the event of an impact 16-times the force of gravity. The seats have been present in all planes designed and produced after 1988, but older planes with 9G seats will be replaced. Pegging the safety standard further is the introduction of airbags which will deploy in event of an impact just as in the automobiles. The airbags are built into the lap belt and the employment will be in first class where the distance between seats is greater than in coach. In coach, airbags will be used in front rows, exit rows and bulkhead seats.

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