Canadian Airline Loses Life Vests to Save Fuel

Move saves 55 lbs. per flight for carrier that stays near shore
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 9:41 AM CDT
Air Canada regional carrier Jazz is shedding life vests to save on weight and fuel.   (AP Photo/Air Canada, James Morgan)
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(Newser) – An Air Canada regional airline is removing life vests from its fleet to reduce weight and increase fuel economy, the AP reports. Citing Canada’s regulations, which do not require life vests on flights that stay within 50 miles of shore, Jazz advises passengers to use their seat cushions as floatation devices.