Originally Posted by Maedze
No, not everyone agree's with Adventure Dad, including the FAA, whose stance is that every child under 4 and 40 should be in an FAA approved child restraint. They don't mandate it for a number of reasons, but it is still their stance.
Doesn't matter if you agree or not, the evidence is extremely clear. All data, statistics and real life experience, including FAA's own data, clearly show flying with a child is safer than anything else you will ever do.
This is not an opinion or a point of view, it's facts which are very clear. For those who disagree, please provide relevant statistics that shows flying with children is dangerous. If what others are saying is correct, there should be thousands of injuries and many deaths to children each year due to turbulence.
Earth is round but there are still plenty of people who refuse to believe it despite all kinds of evidence. These people will never be convinced:-)
Mandating car seats on planes would be a disaster and far more children would die since many parents would instead use the car. Sad but true. Studies have suggested 4 children's lives would be saved during 10 years if everyone used a car seat. This doesn't not take into account all the parents which would instead use the car leading to many more deaths. Keep in mind the enormous air traffic, 25 000+ flights only in US each day.
To compare, thousands of kids die each year in traffic in US.
|Car seats that are checked at the gate are subjected to exactly the same treatment.
Not true. Most car seats checked at the gate DOES NOT end up with regular luggage. It's most often hand carried to the front of plane where it's stowed with umbrella strollers etc. When plane lands these items are often hand carried from the front cargo hold and left at the stairs where parents can pick them up. Treatment depends on what airline is used.
Beyond that, I always wonder about this: car seats are obviously made for cars. They're not likely to withstand the impact of an airplane crash - even if it just happens on the runway.
Car seats are tested differently for planes. Tested loads are far lower, if I remember correctly they don't exceed 16 G. Nothing will protect you in a severe plane crash. It's extremely rare to have a child die of become seriously injured while rear facing. But there are catastrophic accidents where it doesn't matter what seat you're in, the child has no chance of survival anyway. That's a severe plane crash.
People who are involved in car seat research and know the facts laugh at car seats on planes if done only for safety.
There are many other good reasons, mainly to make sure seats arrive at destination in good condition and on time. Safety benefits are as close to zero as one can come.