->'''Lister:''' Fasten your belt!\\
'''Cat:''' Hey I do ''not'' need fashion tips from you!\\
'''Lister:''' ''Safety'' belt!
-->-- ''Series/RedDwarf''

There are No Seat Belts on the CoolStarship (when there are even ''seats''), particularly not on TheBridge. Whenever the ship is hit by EnergyWeapons, even if the DeflectorShields hold, everyone on board will be flung about by the ScreenShake. Either the designers assumed that SpaceIsAnOcean, or everyone has a standing battle station.

''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' did a LampshadeHanging on this, giving TheCaptain a chair whose arms folded down to function as a seat belt. Kirk wound up being tossed around anyway despite this. ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' also had an impressive sequence of the bridge crew aboard the Excelsior buckling up in similar fashion before activating the transwarp drive -- which instantly [[PhlebotinumBreakdown broke down]].

The lack of seat belts is part of NoOSHACompliance (as well as no common sense).


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* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': The Para-mails lack seat belts, which, in flight mode, which is tantamount to a flying bike, is nothing if not lethal. Enforced in this case as the Normas who pilot them are treated as CannonFodder by the World of Mana. [[TheArtifact This is left unchanged for no apparent reason when the Norma escape Arzenal and restart Libertus.]]
* Inconsistently done in the ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' franchise, which can't seem to make up its mind if Mobile Suits have seat belts or not. Most notably averted in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'', where all mobile suits have a fairly sizable, inflatable lap restraint that expands to cover the torso in an emergency.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Depending on the version, this trope was played straight or averted. In the original series [[HumongousMecha Mazinger-Z]]'s seat did not seem having seatbelts, but in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' and other reimaginations you could clearly see [[TheHero Kouji Kabuto]] strapping his seatbelt before launching.

* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': The original series used this trope so the author of the doujin, who was aiming for a more realistic universe, made a conscious effort to avert it and include seatbelts in the war planes.

* Averted in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'', where the arms of the chairs on the ''Excelsior'' folded down to become essentially a safety bar.
* There was a scene at the end of ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', cut from the final version, where Picard enters the bridge to find some techies installing a new captain's chair. It includes an automatic seat belt of sorts; a pleased Picard notes that [[LampshadeHanging "it's about time!"]]
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', [[spoiler:Spock puts on a restraint system when the ''Enterprise'' is crashing. The bridge crew also activates their restraints when they refuse to obey his order to leave.]]
** The tendency of Franchise/StarTrek films and episodes to follow this trope is lampooned in a brief scene in ''Sev Trek: Pus In Boots'', where the Picard-analogue fastens a safety belt shortly after ordering "brace for impact!" Shortly after impact, the ops and helm stations display the use of airbags...and a RedShirt flies through the frame and [[OffscreenCrash crashes into something]]--likely the viewscreen.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where, as the title ship is ComingInHot, everyone ''does'' strap down.
* There are seat belts on the Space Ball One in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}''. However, do not expect Lord Helmet to use one.
-->'''Col. Sandurz:''' Sir, shouldn't you buckle up?
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' Oh, buckle this!
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'': Oddly enough, the lack of seat belt use seems to have little effect on [[RuleOfCool anyone's ability to survive catastrophic crashes]].
* Likewise in ''Film/ShootEmUp''. Smith's car is rammed head-on by a VanInBlack full of {{mook}}s. Having shot out both windshields, Smith flies through the air, lands in the back of the van and shoots all the mooks. His BondOneLiner is "So much for wearing your seatbelt." It's that kind of movie.
* ''Film/WhereEaglesDare'': While being escorted by Weissner and a carload of Nazis, Smith and Schaffer attack their guards, causing the vehicle to crash. Weissner is flung headfirst through the windshield and flies several feet in front of the car.
* In ''Film/TheLastSeduction'', Linda Fiorentino has been found out on her criminal activities but (while driving) convinces the man to accept sex in lieu of capturing her. When he undoes his seat belt to expose himself, she deliberately drives into a tree, killing him.

* Averted, then subverted in the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' novel [[Literature/StarTrekMillennium ''War of the Prophets'']]. The future starship ''Phoenix'' has effective seat restraints, even though the Federation is falling apart and the universe is about to end. They're so effective, Captain Nog uses them to restrain the bridge crew so he can sell them and the ship out to the Romulans. (He has a very good reason.)
* Averted in the ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' series, then {{double subverted}} when only Riker (the belts work perfectly for Vale and Troi) gets thrown to the floor anyway as he wasn't sitting down when they were hit, leading him to note "Obviously the lesson here is to stay in my chair".
* Subverted in Larry Niven's later ''Literature/KnownSpace'' stories: No one uses or even needs seatbelts since every vehicle in the universe is comprehensively equipped with outrageously effective automatic safety, restraint and crash protection systems. Who needs a seatbelt when your driver's seat has a built-in force field?
** Actually makes sense given the high speeds of the vehicles in question. Even as an emergency backup, a seat belt is not going to save you if your supersonic flying car crashes and all the other mechanisms fail.
* Very definitely averted in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'', where warships' duty station seats have full-up shock frames to hold the crew in place -- which come in handy when you take a [[FrickinLaserBeams graser]] hit near the bridge. Not so much when you take one to the inertial compensator; everyone on the ship is instantly turned to "strawberry jam".

* ''Series/DoctorWho'' "The Satan Pit" features seat belts in the rocket (they're even plot relevant...). Mind you, they're not the kind of seatbelts you'd usually find in a spaceship (this was a production oversight).
** The TARDIS did have "seatbelts" in one Colin Baker episode, but it's best not to mention them. (Trying to plausibly fit seatbelts in a control room with ''no seats'' was never going to work, really.)
** Despite the Ninth and Tenth Doctor's control room actually having a seat near the console (and foam crashpads wrapping the handrails), the Doctor rarely seems to ever use it and tends to cling onto the console for support whilst the TARDIS is in flight.
** In "The Waters of Mars" there were seatbelts on the ''realistic'' rocket which they plan to escape on.
** Also averted in the famous Episode 3 {{cliffhanger}} of "The Caves of Androzani". Because the Doctor is the only one wearing a seatbelt, he's able to flee the ship he just crashlanded faster than the bad guys who've been tossed about by the impact.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/StargateSG1'' when the team gets severely knocked around while on board a Goa'uld shuttle:
--> '''Daniel Jackson:''' You'd think a race smart enough to fly across the galaxy would be smart enough to have seatbelts.
* Referenced by name in ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode 'Belly of the Beast', made by Beka after she is tossed around the bridge in yet another explosion.
* In the 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, the Batmobile was initially played this trope straight. However, when the series was criticized for the Dynamic Duo not buckling up, the producers thought it could be a good joke to have the goody two-shoes doing so before driving. As it is, the joke backfired in a positive sense with the series being rapturously praised for setting such a good safety example.
* One of the subtle element in ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' is the fact that none of the ground fire crews wear seat belts in their vehicles. In truth, seat belt usage in emergency vehicles would not be mandatory until the TheEighties, which could be considered pdd since PublicServiceAnnouncement campaigns about the need to buckle up really began to ramp up in ubiquity in TheSeventies.
* Apparently ZigZagged on ''Series/TheOrville'' - it's as yet unknown whether the titular CoolStarship has seat belts, but the shuttles do. This ends up coming in handy in the pilot episode, when a Krill soldier with a BFG stows away on a shuttle; [[TheCaptain Mercer]] defeats him by hitting the brakes, and inertia sends the Krill flying into the windshield.

* ''{{TabletopGame/Paranoia}}'': Vehicles built in [[CrapsackWorld Alpha Complex]] may or may not come equipped with seatbelts. The seatbelts may or may not work. The Red-level Troubleshooters piloting.. [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo poking blindly]] at the controls of.. the vehicles may or may not have ever heard of the concept of "seatbelts."

* ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'': At the end of the first mission, Master Chief and Cortana get into an escape pod with a group of [[RedShirts Marines and crewmembers]]. Cortana suggests that Master Chief strap in, but he merely braces himself and says "We'll be fine." Everyone else straps in, but MC and Cortana are the only survivors when the escape pod lands, because of his PoweredArmor. One joke fan theory says that he bounced around and killed everyone else.
* None of the player ship bridges in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' have seatbelts, and some of them (the Destiny bridges, for one) don't even have chairs. Fortunately they're just a cosmetic option.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' manages to avert this.... kinda. In the third game [[BridgeBunny Traynor]] actually mentions being strapped into a safety harness during the action the Normandy sees over the quarian homeworld. This makes a particular amount of sense since it's mentioned in the backstory that it's standard practice for ships in combat to turn their [[ArtificialGravity a-grav]] off to reduce energy expenditure and heat build up. [[TakeOurWordForIt We never actually see]] such a safety harness anywhere on the ship, however. Traynor's line falls into the series' general pattern of averting SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay in the backstory, but not in the things we actually see.

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* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Black Mage made a similar comment and carried out the same actions as Bender did in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Roswell That Ends Well". However, this was his plan (that he would be thrown clear of the burning wreckage). Of course, the [[WordOfGod fact]] that [[spoiler:the [[TheChewToy universe hates Black Mage]] meant that he was immediately crushed by a giant, and the others escaped thanks to quick thinking on the part of [[GeniusDitz Red Mage]] (for further irony, this was at the cost of the very items that could have saved Black Mage from his predicament).]]
* AvertedTrope in ''Webcomic/{{Galaxion}}'', where TheBridge has seatbelts (yay!). It used to be a private yacht of a very, very eccentric (and impossibly rich, obviously) man, so he might have been a Troper?

* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': The show makes sure that they put on helmets or parachutes or buckle up in their flying car.
* Spoofed in ''Sev Trek: Pus in Boots'', an Australian 3D animated send-up of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. After sitting down in his [[CoolChair Captain's Chair]], Captain Jetlag Pinchhard pulls across a seatbelt. Later when the Enterforaprize rams another ship airbags inflate from the consoles, but one of those ensigns who are always standing around at the back of the bridge goes flying through the air.
* Spoofed in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'': When the professor takes control of the Planet Express ship, Fry and Leela fasten themselves to their seats with about 30 seat belts, and Bender rivets himself to the wall. And, of course, the professor ends up "driving" at about two miles an hour.
** In "Roswell That Ends Well", everyone sits down and buckles their seatbelts in preparation for a crash landing except Bender, who smugly insists, "Those things [[JammedSeatBelts kill more lives than they save]]." In accordance with the laws of TemptingFate, Bender is the only one sent flying when the ship touches ground.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' The Rockhopper crew always buckles up for landing.

* Passenger trains and public buses generally don't have seatbelts, but [[RealityIsUnrealistic counter-intuitively enough this is actually safer.]] Unless you can ensure that ''every single passenger'' is wearing them at all times when the vehicle is in motion -and neither trains nor buses can stop at will to let you stretch your legs or take a leak- then they create more problems than they solve; effective seat restraints require much heavier and more solid seats, which exacerbate injuries to unrestrained passengers. [[http://www.vox.com/2015/5/13/8600511/amtrak-crash-seat-belts Further reading.]]
* Planes and manned spacecraft place great emphasis on seatbelts. Occupants are unlikely to survive crashes at most speeds, but seatbelts allow them to survive the huge accelerations and turbulence involved in day-to-day use. Artificial gravity and compensating for inertia remain fictional, and any sudden deceleration involving a hard surface can damage the body.
** There is also the BoringButPractical fact that being strapped down to your seat means you will not be tossed around the cockpit when performing energetic maneuvering, thus meaning you won't be tossed ''away from the controls''.
* It's always been a point of confusion and grumbling- in the US, at least- that school buses don't contain seat belts (specifically, the big yellow ones, other types of buses do.) People find it especially strange since buses are very large, rather top heavy, and almost always filled with small children, you'd think that'd be one place where seatbelts would be.