Aviation safety issues and actions

Seat belts usage

Issue number: AO-2008-070-SI-05
Who it affects: All aircraft passengers
Issue owner: All high capacity operators
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-070
Issue release date: 19 December 2011
Current issue status: Partially addressed
Issue status justification:

The action to be undertaken by the operator has the potential to increase seat belt use on that operator's flights. However, the issue is relevant to all operators.

Safety issue description

Although passengers are routinely reminded to keep their seat belts fastened during flight whenever they are seated, a significant number of passengers have not followed this advice. At the time of the first in-flight upset, more than 60 of the 303 passengers were seated without their seat belts fastened.

Proactive Action

Action number: AO-2008-070-NSA-130
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Date: 19 December 2011
Action status: Closed
In October 2011, the operator advised that it was evaluating the feasibility of measuring the seat belt use rate of passengers on a sample of flights. The measurements would include various stages of flight, and situations when the seat belt sign is illuminated and also when it is not illuminated. Based on the results, the operator could then determine if additional specific communications or actions were warranted.
Last update 11 February 2014