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If it's a takeoff or landing accident, which are the most common, you're not going to have time to move to any sort of pod system, and if they build pods around the seats it's going to be even heavier and more complex.
The reality is that air travel is so safe now, that it's as close to perfectly safe as you are going to find anything in this world.
originally posted by: lSkrewloosel
a reply to: halfoldman
nice idea but yes many flaws i can imagine
be better if each individual passenger seat was an ejector seat like pilots.
the roof just opens and then Bam! everyone shoots out with a parachute attached to the seat.
you might have the odd collision but the majority will survive at least
in addition each seat has GPS so they can be found as they might be at sea, and each chair has an inflatable thing in case you land in water.
originally posted by: halfoldman
a reply to: CraftBuilder
Well yes, as a weapon that falls apart from design, one just needs to look at the arrows of ancient Khoisan cultures.
Only the poisoned tip was meant to penetrate the prey, and the shaft would fall away.
They were designed that way.
It was highly successful for at least 50 000 years.
However, in passenger airlines both those in the tip and the butt-end would probably want to have a likelihood of survival in case of detachment.
Detachment is probably not a bad idea in itself.
If one cellular organism didn't detach somewhere along the line, heaven's knows, we might still be bacteria.
originally posted by: schuyler
originally posted by: Bennyzilla
Why don't they just have all the seats drop out with parachutes packed inside of them. Not cost effective sure but we're talking about alternatives to what we have today (Which is pretty much kiss your ass goodbye)
Because at 35,000 feet you would die of exposure and oxygen starvation well before you got to a breathable atmosphere.