Originally Posted by nighten
I disagree that it's safer for a baby or toddler to be in arms than in a carseat, and the FAA
agrees with me.
So do others:http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/airplanetravel.aspx
If my child requires a carseat for the car, I believe she requires one for a plane. Turbulence is a much bigger concern for safety on an airplane, than a crash is.
The OP was regarding a three-year-old and a carseat. If it were my child, I would definitely use a carseat, since that's what we use in a car.
This is one of those scenarios where I would much rather err on the side of caution than live with a lifetime of regret. It's a personal choice, but to state that the safest place for a BABY is in arms is incorrect.
As far as I know no one has ever said it's SAFER to have a baby in a lap. It isn't. A car seat is probably safer. The issue is that this doesn't matter since there are close to zero injuries or fatalities to start with. It's like trying to protect your child against something which is not dangerous.
It's not that a crash or incident with a plane is not dangerous. What's important is that the occurrence is so rare. It's nothing like safety in traffic.
Comparing riding in a car with a baby and on a plane are completely irrelevant. These two situations have almost nothing in common. Impact forces, occurrence, risk, potential injuries are all completely different. It's another world.
It's true that a baby/toddler CAN be injured on a plane. Data from FAA and others show that it almost never happens. We need to protect out children from things which are dangerous. Flying with a child doesn't even make the top 500 list regarding in juries or fatalities. Traffic is the number one killer of children in United States which is why car seat on the plane and in the car are not valid comparisons.
25 kids were killed in 2005 (or was it 2006?) by a falling television set in US. Zero kids, or extremely close to zero, kids die each year from turbulence in the air despite 25 000+ flights each day and also the fact that at least 99% of parents fly without a car seat.
We should protect our kids from dangerous situations, flying just isn't dangerous with children which FAA show themselves very clearly with their data. Flying with a child might appear to be dangerous but it isn't. There is no data which suggest it's nothing but the safest thing we can ever do with our kids.
Almsot zero children are injured by turbulence while thousands are killed each year on roads.
|I have to say, if your infant doesn't have a seat, is therefore a "lap baby" if there is issue or bad turbulance you will be made to put your baby on the floor!
THis is not true. Many airlines today prohibit you from having your baby on the floor (like sleeping etc.). In an emergency that child stays in the lap/car seat