When we rode FOP last August, the CM pushed down my restraint very hard. My husband is slim, and was on blood thinners at the time (we explained this to the CM outside and asked about jostling, etc, and we’re assured it was “more like Soarin than Star Tours). As I was about to say, “you can’t push it down like that on my husband,” it was too late. I watched the CM slam the restraint (truly not trying to be dramatic, but that’s what it was), and heard my husband cry out in pain.I think it's over the top to call them painful. I've ridden this thing 20-30 times and at best they are slightly tight depending on your position.
Literally no idea how they could cause any issue breathing or pain, even on a child.
I could be wrong.
The CM walked away without even asking if he was okay. Afterward, we approached the CM to explain that she should be more careful. My husband said, “you really hurt me.” She just walked away.
If she had pushed it up snug, that’s one thing, but she slammed it hard. My husband had a bruise and was throbbing in pain at the site so we went to GR to let them know so this wouldn’t happen again. They said flat out that is NOT protocol, and insisted they call paramedics for my husband. We made it clear we weren’t trying to be difficult, but didn’t want this to happen to someone else.