To Stop Drownings, Hawaii Wants ... Airlines to Help
Kauai has already suffered 11 drownings this year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
This 2012 photo shows Queen's Bath on the island of Kauai.   (Anita Hofschneider)

(Newser) – Drownings are the leading cause of death for visitors to Hawaii and have long been a problem in the state. But the numbers have recently spiked: In less than four months this year, the island of Kauai has suffered 11 drownings; that's already close to triple the four deaths seen on the island in all of 2012. And that has some state lawmakers proposing an unusual tactic: enlisting airlines to help.

Hawaii's state Senate is asking airlines to show a video on flights into Hawaii cautioning people about ocean safety. (One such video recently started playing on a loop in the baggage claim area at Kauai's Lihue Airport.) The proposal passed the state Senate this month but is no more than a non-binding statement. It's not clear whether airlines would participate, and even some state lawmakers worry the videos could frighten tourists away. "You don't want to be on a plane and see people getting eaten by sharks," says Rep. Tom Brower.

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May 9, 2013 11:52 PM CDT
Most drownings are from undertow and not understanding the physics involved. If you have ever been to a beach you know how it works, I hope. It does not matter how good a swimmer you are it can kill you. It kills children by carrying them out beyond their swimming ability. It doesn't take long to happen. Alcohol plays a factor when drunk people get on a truck tube and float out a quarter mile and they go down and see their bloated body 3 days later. I like the idea of airlines helping out. I get a huge blast from the announcements in the Las Vegas airport. I was there a few weeks ago and the line can be horrible at TSA checkpoint. You can do like me and travel back on Saturday when its light. One of the hilarious videos stars Carrot Top, a vegas regular. He arrives with the most ginormous duffel bag I've ever seen. Another bit is the entire cast from Legends in Concert. Its a good way to reduce stress of the checkpoint.
May 5, 2013 2:27 AM CDT
Remember you an use you seat as a flotation device?
Apr 27, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
Sharks? I thought it was drownings not sharks that killed these people, which is it?