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Airborn: child safety in aviation
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The regulations of flying with infants are divided in two distinctly different fields. Either the infant have to ware a loop-belt attached to the parents lap belt. Or it is forbidden to use a lap belt and the infant is in this case unrestrained.

None of these travelling methods are safe for the infant. The parent also has the option of using their own car seat if it is approved for airlines. This method is seldom used since the parent needs to pay for an extra seat for the infant and the hassle of bringing a seat on board that rearly fit the eairline seat.

This project proposes a solution that increases the comfort and safety for both parent and child by; placing the infant in a safer position, protect the infant from impact with low-tech aircushions, securing the infants head at impact and during emergency evacuations and by providing a safe and easy to use alternative to the lifejacket.

The final concept allows for tree different areas of use: 

-On the bulkhead wall, the seat is lowered in the unlikely event of an emergency to clear the adults crash zone and protect the infant from the adult and flying objects.

-In the lap of the adult passenger, resting on the armrest (in this case the infant and the seat is attached to the adults belt). The lifejacket is inflated before impact and acts as an impact distributor over the infant’s body. This allows for more seats since the bulkhead seats are very limited. 

-Placed on its own passenger seat (the parents will have to purchase an extra seat) and be working as the care harness but suitable for infants.

These tree solutions covers most users different needs and is an improvement of the safety for small children in commercial aircrafts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 139 p.
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-56952OAI: diva2:538670
Subject / course
Degree Project, Advanced Product Design
Educational program
Master's programme in Advanced Product Design
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-07-01 Last updated: 2014-01-07Bibliographically approved

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