TMJJS wrote:Thanks for the replies so far.
Anyone have a definition of "stapling"?
basically, a seat restraint has to reach a certain level of closure to allow a passenger to ride (sometimes they use a green light on the side of the train to ensure the restraint is closed enough, and sometimes, it's "clicks" where they require a certain number of clicks on the restraint).
"Stapling" is referred to when the operators in the station lean onto a restraint (sometimes several of them physically pushing down) to get the restraint to the "safe" level. it happens with some larger folks, or those with body types that don't exactly fit the design of the cars.
if they can successfully get you in the seat (ie: you've sucked in your belly enough they could push the restraint down), then you've been "stapled". . not comfortable at all, and not going to be a fun ride.. but you'd be able to ride.
that's just the way I would define it. . . others might have a different answer
edit: I've also seen "Stapling" referred to attendant simply pushing the restraints down as tightly as they will go.. which some fans despise, because it takes away any "airtime" moments, if the restraints are keeping you so firmly in seat.