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anazonda 10-16-2013 08:46 AM

Airbags and Seatbelts in shuttles
I was re-watching a few episodes of Enterprise, and suddenly came to realize:
Why did'n they install Air-bags and Seatbelts on shuttles?

I mean, In TNG alone they wrecked several shuttles, often with head injuries.

I know that Air-bags have massive drawbacks (talking from expirience, they aren't always comfortable to come into contact with), but by the 24'th century, you'd think they would have fixed those flaws, and made them comfortable to hit on impact.

This thread was placed in Ten Forward on purpose.

starswordc 10-16-2013 09:23 AM

Same reason they've never heard of circuit breakers, seat belts, or pressure suits* on the bridge, and the same reason the big E's warp core can't eject: it's cooler-looking to have redshirts getting killed by getting tossed around the set.

* In the event of hull breach.

adverbero 10-16-2013 09:33 AM

Hehe makes me think of all the times those tubes and cables fall off the ceiling

Why do they keep putting them back up there!

though i think as with most things a bit unusually silly in trek, its to do with the Secret Cabal who maintain the Narrative with their vast array of plot devices

Either that or it was......The ICONIANS!

cptjhunter 10-16-2013 09:57 AM

Like the real military, all items are manufactured by the lowest bidding contractor.

anazonda 10-16-2013 10:12 AM


Originally Posted by cptjhunter (Post 12930221)
Like the real military, all items are manufactured by the lowest bidding contractor.

Well I think theres only one bidder... Total price for a Type 11 shuttle: 0 EC.

ussfury 10-16-2013 10:30 AM

They could also do that foam filling barrier you see in Demolition Man. Turn 'em into a giant cannoli.

starswordc 10-16-2013 10:37 AM

I prefer the way David Weber handles battle damage and its effects on the crew, although it would never fly on network television. (HBO, maybe.) We start with the guy in On Basilisk Station who got messily decapitated by shrapnel from a hit near the bridge and work our way up to the occasional references to the results of inertial dampener failure: every crew member on the whole ship is instantly reduced to something vaguely resembling chunky salsa.

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