At one point in Star Trek Beyond, everyone fastened their seat belts. At last! Is this the first time in Star Trek (TV, movies) that seat belts have been used? If not, what was the first time?

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    as you can see there are two answers, the in-universe timeline, and the out-of-universe timeline. – SteveED Jul 31 '16 at 15:50
  • I would have bet anything there were airplane style seatbelts on the captain's command chair on the bridge in at least one TOS episode. But can't find any evidence. Maybe it was the Nimbus in Futurama, after all... ;) – Alexander Kosubek Aug 1 '16 at 9:23

Seatbelts feature in a number of Star Trek properties that significantly pre-date Star Trek Beyond.

They were seen in a deleted scene from Star Trek: Nemesis
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In Star Trek Into Darkness
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Shuttlecraft also have them in various episodes of TNG
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The Animated Series (TAS: Once Upon a Planet) during a gravity loss scenario.
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You can also see that Archer's chair (which looks very suspiciously like Picard's unused prop from Nemesis) has been retro-fitted with slots for shoulder straps in Enterprise, albeit we don't see their use.

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    I can't see any seatbelts in that Aenar image. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 31 '16 at 2:22
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    There's a disagreement between your text and the image; one says the deleted scene is from First Contact and the other from Nemesis. – Jules Jul 31 '16 at 7:34
  • @LightnessRacesinOrbit - Sorry. Seatbelt slots. Since those are where PIcard's seatbelt sprang from, I thought they must serve the same purporse – Valorum Jul 31 '16 at 9:15
  • @Jules - Sorted. – Valorum Jul 31 '16 at 9:15
  • @Valorum: Hmm, I never thought of it that way; I'd assumed it was just stylistic (and prop re-use). I can see now why you'd say that but, personally, given that we never saw the prop used in that manner I'm not sure we can use it as an example. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jul 31 '16 at 13:25

That all depends on your definition of "Seatbelts". The first bridge seat restraint system was seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

On the Captain's chair, the seat arms folded down over the lap during emergencies.

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    Good find. I hope you don't mind me adding a pic to make it easier for people to remember that particular scene. – Valorum Jul 31 '16 at 10:21
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    McCoy's facial expression seems to say: "Uh, where do I sit?" – O. R. Mapper Jul 31 '16 at 13:47
  • Gosh thank you very much! I was searching for the pic and got distracted. – SteveED Jul 31 '16 at 15:49
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    @O.R.Mapper - At least he found a razor. – Valorum Jul 31 '16 at 15:51

In addition to the other fine answers, seat belts were used the first time humans achieved warp (Star Trek: First Contact):

Shot from within the Phoenix from Star Trek: First Contact


In ST3:The Search for Spock, the crew of the Excelsior use some kind of seat restraint just before they go to trans-warp.

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  • this will be a better answer if you can find an image – NKCampbell Aug 2 '16 at 14:34
  • I've taken the liberty of adding a gif to illustrate what you're referring to. – Valorum Aug 2 '16 at 14:54


There were seat belts used in the TNG era as well as in the new, alternate timeline.

  • The alternate timeline version of the Enterprise has selt belts that sort of craw or unroll onto your body. There is a scene where someone is knocked out, put into a chair, and then a button is pushed to activate seat belts /safty restraints to avoid injury.

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    This GIF was the best one I could find, and happens to be from Valorum's answer. :)

  • One of the TNG feature films included a scene in which Ctp. Picard (and others) are strapped in use some sort of heavy duty seat belts.

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And there's this from Yesterday's Enterprise. A lap-only belt, it seems.

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    Are you sure that's not his gun-belt? – Valorum Nov 29 '16 at 0:27

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