Sioux City, Iowa. July 19th, 1989.
Six infants are informed by the cabin crew of a striken United Airlines DC-10-10 en-route from Denver to Chicago to place their infants on the floor of the cabin in preparation for the crash landing about to take place.
The Cabin crew are not taking any initiative of their own - in fact, quite the contrary. They are following national policy on infants in crash landings, and going against their instincts, if anything.
The children are placed on the floor, and, as they say, the crash is a spectacular 250-ton cartwheel down two miles of concrete.
Five out of those six infants die from trauma experienced while on the floor of the cabin, (and then the ceiling, walls and overhead bins) and one survives -because he flew into an open overhead-bin which happened to have a few leather jackets in it, cushioning the impact of him hitting them. The bin then closed, protecting (relatively speaking) the child from the carnage outside.
Five out of six children die. Had they had their own seats, (in child seats) would this death record have been recorded? Perhaps. But perhaps not. They would have been secured into their seats. They would most certainly have been injured. BUT THEY WOULD HAVE SURVIVED.
Imagine driving at 210+mph on a freeway, sitting happily on the floor, when the car goes from 210mph to 0 in roughly four seconds. Where are you? Heaven. But your body is somewhere between here and the next exit.
INFANT SEATING SHOULD BE MANDATORY.
I realize economics plays a factor, but which would you rather have - your kid live, or you save a few hundred bucks?
Why is there even a need for a debate on this issue?
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