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Side-facing seats

             (1)  The registered operator of an aircraft to which this Subpart applies commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the registered operator:

                              (i)  operates the aircraft; or

                             (ii)  permits a person to operate the aircraft; and

                     (b)  a requirement in this regulation is not met while the aircraft is operating.

Penalty:  50 penalty units.

             (2)  In the aircraft, a side-facing seat that is to be used during take-off or landing must be fitted with:

                     (a)  an approved lap belt and an energy-absorbing rest that would support the arms, shoulders, head and spine of the occupant during an emergency landing; or

                     (b)  an approved safety harness that would prevent the occupant's head being injured by striking an object during an emergency landing.

Source         FARs section 121.311 modified.

          (2A)  A side-facing seat in the aircraft that is not fitted with an approved lap belt or an approved safety harness as mentioned in subregulation (2):

                     (a)  must not be used during take-off or landing; and

                     (b)  must carry a placard to that effect.

             (3)  An offence against subregulation (1) is an offence of strict liability.

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