This ignores the public research on the effectiveness of airbag packs in North America.
Ya, you might want to slow down there some hot rod. When you start quoting that "public research" and in full context you'll make a better case.
Right now in this contest it is just marketing IMO.
I am neither pro or con bags. Just not read anything (and I read a lot) that has convinced me an air bag precluded a good BC education and common sense. I'll take those two over a bag any day.
That an area might buy patrolers doing control work air bags makes some sense. BTDT myself for several seasons. Ski cutting and throwing bombs while in the midst of huge storms all while generally being dark outside exposes one to more than the normal risk....OBVIOUSLY. It is no doubt a safety concern for them while doing a JOB..
From a mangament side in an area I might want to rethink the idea of issuing packs....just so my guys and gals don't get too aggressive in the field. No way the typical skier should be putting themselves at the risk of that kind of harm. Obviously in for a penny in for a pound once the control crew gets them.
Everyone gets them. You'd have to no matter how low the typical daily risk.
When I see guys skiing with a bag on around my local areas..typically alone. I have to wonder what is in their mind to think they need an avi bag.
Alone? Avi terrain they MUST ski? Or just want to be cool with the newest bit of gear?
My take? People watch way too many videos and want to ski chit no sane and well educated/experienced snow professional would ever think of getting on. If I think I actually might need an air bag...I'll find some where else to ski. And I have yet to run out of good lines to ski.