Magazine article ASEE Prism

For Safety's Sake

Magazine article ASEE Prism

For Safety's Sake

Article excerpt

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-With fear of flying at an all-time high, here's one more worry: life jackets. An Australian researcher notes the devices are engineered in so many different ways that passengers can easily become confused during life-threatening crises when every second counts. Based on recent research, she calls for a standard design to be used globally by the aviation industry.

Irmgard Bauer, senior lecturer in the school of nursing sciences at James Cook University in the northeastern city of Townsville, examined 98 safety cards from 53 airlines around the world, categorizing them to identify the range of designs in use. She found that 12 different categories of life jackets were carried, with some airlines using more than one type. What's more, not all seat-pocket safety cards accurately depicted the jackets actually on board.

Two airlines pictured two different jacket designs on the same card. …

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