Canadian carrier to use seat cushions as flotation devices, spokesman says
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TORONTO - Air Canada's regional carrier Jazz is removing life vests from all its planes to save weight and fuel.
Jazz spokeswoman Manon Stuart said Thursday that government regulations set by Transport Canada allow airlines to use floatation devices instead of life vests provided the planes remain within 50 nautical miles of shore.
Safety cards in the seat pockets of Jazz aircraft now direct passengers to use the seat cushions as floatation devices.
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Reminds me of the US airline announcement a few years back which announced that "in the event of landing on water, the seat cushions could be used as flotation devices, and if used as such could be kept as a souvenir of your flight". You gotta love some people's sense of humor.
Personally I would prefer to see the life jackets replaced with parachutes
On a more setious note, I wonder if Jazz is heading the way of fellow Canadian airline Zoom who suspended operations last night due to the escalating fuel costs. http://www.flyzoom.com/
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