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November 1994–February 1995
Special Double Issue: FAA Tests Indicate Most Child Restraint Devices Inadequate in Airline Passenger-seat Use 12 pages. [PDF 88K]
Devices designed for automobile seats do not readily adapt to airplane seats. Most were found to be impractical or useless. Only aft-facing carriers for children weighing less than 20 pounds
say that any restraint is better than holding a child in an adult’s lap during an accident. Advocates of improved restraints argue that children are currently being treated like “carry-on baggage” and deserve the same safety protection as adults.
Cabin Crews Must Be Prepared for Wide Range of In-flight Medical Emergencies 8 pages. [PDF 47K]
In life-threatening situations, crews rely on training, radio links to physician expertise and medical kits.
Aviation Personnel Not Immune To Infectious Disease Exposure 6 pages. [PDF 33K]
Infectious diseases are gaining ground and are becoming a serious health problem around the world. Cabin crews and other aviation professionals should be aware of these risks and protective strategies should be implemented against biohazards.
Turbulence-related Injuries Pose Continued Risk To Passengers and Cabin Crew 6 pages. [PDF 31K]
Analysis of aircraft accident and incident data indicates that turbulence accounted for nearly twice as many serious injuries in nonfatal accidents as those resulting from emergency evacuations.
Cockpit and Cabin Crews: Do Conflicting Mandates Put Them on a Collision Course? 8 pages. [PDF 62K]
Friction between cockpit and cabin crews is not uncommon, and some incidents have led to situations that jeopardized safety. New research suggests effective methods to improve communication
and coordination between the crews.
November 1993–February 1994
Special Double Issue: Getting Out Alive — Would Smoke Hoods Save Airline Passengers or Put Them at Risk? 24 pages. [PDF 185K]
The debate about smoke hoods for passengers on commercial transport-category aircraft began in the 1960s and is continuing today. Questions remain about whether smoke hoods would make emergency evacuations from burning aircraft safer or would cause deadly delays.