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Inconspicuous fireproof immersion suit with integral smoke hood

For the ever-so-slightly paranoid air traveller
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The latest BorgCo development in superfunctional clothing is the new all-bases-covered air travel garment.

Carefully designed not to stand out in the check-in queue, this tough, fireproof, waterproof coverall is designed to slightly improve your chances when It All Goes Horribly Wrong.

If the problem is an in-flight fire, pull up the hood and don the integral smoke mask; the suit will protect the wearer from heat and fire, and provide a better quality of air to breathe*.

Should the problem be ditching, forget the lifejacket-under -your-seat lecture; you're already wearing one. Just make your way to the nearest exit (using the handy extending baton, made of dense plastic to club your way through), exit the aircraft, and deploy the buoyancy pack. The water-soluble outer coating washes off within seconds, revealing the brilliant orange hi-vis outer layer of the suit, while the integral transmitter starts to squawk on an suitable distress frequency.

If it's dark, the xenon-strobe distress lamp will also start to blink; if not, then the chest-mounted photovoltaic panel will be merrily recharging the batteries in preparation for night-time.

Should less fortunate passengers or crew attempt to use you as some sort of buoyancy aid, then you may find the baton still attached to your wrist by a lanyard to be quite useful in beating them off, and securing a place in any life raft that may perhaps be drifting by.

Since the garment is suitably discreet, it's likely that by the time the rest of the punters spot that what you're wearing is not the normal t-shirt and jeans, they will have other thoughts on their minds, however briefly.

The optional-extra "hand luggage" looks like a regular small holdall, but in fact contains a semi-automatic emergency parachute which clips onto the "epaulettes" of the suit.

* the DeLuxe version incorporates a small oxygen cylinder which provides an extended breathing option for both smoky conditions and for submerged escape.

8th of 7, Nov 18 2013


       What if you crash land in a bear nest?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 18 2013

       Spray any injured passengers with honey from the supplied aerosol can, then run away.
8th of 7, Nov 18 2013

       And if there's more bears than injured passengers?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 18 2013

       Spray the bears, too. Or injure sufficient undamaged passengers to ensure a successful getaway.   

       This is a survival situation - don't go chasing after moral absolutes.
8th of 7, Nov 18 2013

       Hmmm. This looks pretty watertight.   

       Is it watertight?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 18 2013

       Yes, around the wrists and collar. When the hood is pulled down and zipped, that's watertight and airtight, apart from the smoke filter and the integral snorkel.   

       The footwear is integral with the garment, although this is far from obvious.
8th of 7, Nov 18 2013

       Oh great. So I can drown in the suit with no way for the water to escape?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 18 2013

       There are valves in appropriate locations.
8th of 7, Nov 18 2013

       You didn't point that out. Nor the honey spray. Your marketing strategy isn't very good, really.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 18 2013

       We're technology-driven. Our attempts to recruit staff for sales and marketing have not been blessed with success. There seemed to be some objection to the tar and feathers, the ducking-stool, and the pillory.   

       Perhaps on reflection the interview process was slightly too stringent, although there were no actual directly attributable fatalities, despite what the coroner said at the inquests.
8th of 7, Nov 18 2013

       //The water-soluble outer coating washes off within seconds//   

       So, once you put it through the washing machine, it is no longer inconspicuous, right?
Vernon, Nov 18 2013

       "Dry-clean only".
8th of 7, Nov 18 2013

       Whilst the xenon-strobe is quite efficient it does lack in entertainment value.   

       I suggest a backpack tesla organ be included. You can while away the hours while waiting to get picked up by playing a few of your favourite tunes, and the lightning flashes should attract the attention of rescuers.   

       Also double up as covert lighting bolt device, which electrocutes remaining surviving passengers, so leaving the rescuers only one person to rescue, so minimising your time in the briny, and taxpayer's money. Huzzah.
not_morrison_rm, Nov 18 2013

       Look, this entire line of inquiry was flawed from the start: bears don't live in nests, they live in dens.
Alterother, Nov 19 2013

       But that's the point. Bears aren't particulalrly social; a bunch of bears stuck in a nest are likely to be a trifle tetchy, to say the least.
8th of 7, Nov 19 2013

       Well, Rob Ford of Toronto is publicly modelling his "I've Gone All Pear Shaped" range so you've got a precedent right there.
8th of 7, Nov 19 2013

       //bears don't live in nests, they live in dens.//   

       I think you may be mistaken. The bears _that you know about_ don't live in nests. But they're not the ones you need to worry about.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 19 2013

       I think they call this a force field.
RayfordSteele, Nov 19 2013

       Not automatic enough.
pocmloc, Nov 19 2013


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