Skip to comments.Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes
Posted on 05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT by Brandonmark
More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165.
Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers.
If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash, said Robert Salzar, the principal scientist at the Center for Applied Biomechanics at the University of Virginia. The energy absorption that is built into the aircraft seat is likely to be overwhelmed and the occupants will not be protected optimally.
Nor would the injury necessarily be confined to that passenger, Dr. Salzar said. If seats collapse or belts fail, he said, those seated nearby could be endangered from the unrestrained motion of the passenger.
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The point is that we should not let people impair the safety of others.
And yet they allow terrorists on. I suppose they fit the guidelines but I would feel much better seeing a fat person get on board.
Yes, because as a fat person, when that terrorist gets up to charge the cockpit, I can fall down on them and keep them in place until they’re properly restrained. And punch them in the back of the head a few times while I’m down there.
(And yes, I’m a fatso.)
Yes, you should get to check bags over the wieght limit.
After all, I'm sure it's been a challenge being puny all your life.
How about total weight, not just passenger weight? Weigh the passenger and all baggage and ring 'em up.
(I wonder how much that study is going to cost us?)
But they could provide extra cushion for the rest of us.
LOL! That's rich! The ideal weight of a rhinoceros is about 4,500 pounds but that doesn't get him an aisle seat.
It was especially well illustrated in a Top Gear episode I saw last night. They ran a small 4-door hatchback to 70mph, braked to a full stop and measured total distance.
With only the tiny 130lb stunt driver, the car did it in about 320 meters total.
With three obese passengers and the same driver, it took about 520 meters total. Both braking and acceleration performance declined by over 50%. I wish they also did a cornering test.
Keep in mind this was done without any luggage. Also, these people were obese but I've seen way bigger. I can't imagine the results if 4 super obese people and their luggage was included...
yep. "Don't worry about the 20000 foot fall, or the crash, or the ensuing fireball. I've got an FAA-approved seat!"
That's like driving over a cliff and thinking you'll be fine because of the airbags.
Obese people die most readily in a crash. F=MA. Physics is a heartless bitch.
At 5’7” you should ask to ride in the overhead bins. /s
I was aboard a plane this weekend that had a women, who was VERY LARGE,taking up 1 1/2 seats. I was across the aisle and one row back in the over wing exit row. Not only she wouldn’t be able to fit through the exit ,if she tried she would have gotten stuck. In the event of an accident she would have gotten people killed.
She shouldn’t have been allowed to board.
I think they ought to charge a fixed fare from one spot to another to cover overhead, and then each passenger should pay a “fuel surcharge” to pay for the fuel that that individual will require to be moved from point a to point b.
Moreover, besides the soda tax, I say no restaurant should be allowed to serve over 1000 calories to any individual at one time.
Excellent question. The pricing models airlines have used for 40 years has been just plain stupid.
Give`em cargo parachutes instead.
Ban lardasses from airplanes!!!
While I might agree with you on the airline pricing scheme you have come up with, please keep your calorie counting to yourself, and find somewhere else to focus your energy other than my menu selections. Free will ya know.
& BTW I’m not a fattie! 5’10 and a fit 180lbs.