It's been a while since this happened, but I'm expecting to have another child and would like to be prepared.
I had a horrible incident a couple of years ago when traveling alone with my 12 month old. We were returning home to Hawaii from Texas and missed our last flight. The airport closed (airports in Hawaii close at 10pm and you can't stay) and kicked me out and I had nowhere to go and nowhere to stay. There were no chairs and no more flights leaving until the next morning.
I didn't know what to do and all the money I had in the world was $200 in my pocket, so I asked the desk clerk what the cheapest hotel on the island was. She gave me the number to a place that was just in my price range for a single night's stay. I called the hotel and they said they would pick me up in their free shuttle.
The "shuttle" turned out to actually be just a guy driving a Scion. I had to get in holding my baby with no car seat and I was so scared, especially considering the guy drove like we were late for something. I didn't know what else to do, so I sat in the back, belted myself in tightly, put my baby on my chest in a wrap and held her tightly (which I know is stupid because it does nothing, but I was scared.)
In that kind of situations, what do you do? Just grit your teeth and hope you come out the other side okay? I didn't know what else to do and I had to get somewhere. Everything was closed. Is there a safer way to hold or wrap baby in this situation? How do you handle emergency car rides?