Originally Posted by Maedze
I can understand why you would feel this way, but there's actually a significant difference in transport and treatment in the wholesale and retail world versus and airline.
Firstly, almost all car seats come packaged in boxes, which, believe it or not, do an excellent job of protecting the restraints. The design of a cardboard box is such that it absorbs forces quite well (ever seen a cardboard box with the corner dinged up, and the material almost accordioned in on itself? Energy absorption!) The Sceneras do come in plastic travel bags, but are boxed together for transport to the store.
And yes, shippers have a vested interest in getting an undamaged product to a store. Shipments are handled relatively carefully. If goods show up to a store regularly damaged, the shipping company stands to lose a LOT of money. Meanwhile, baggage handlers, and airlines, do not care. Ever had to deal with lost or damaged goods? You're lucky if you can get someone to listen respectfully to you, and if you do, the chances of you getting financial recompensation are slim, and usually not at all the value of what was destroyed.
End of story is that car seats should not be checked, they should be used on the plane, and lap babies are extremely dangerous to both themselves and everyone around them, and every major safety organization (the FAA included!) recommends that all children under 40 lbs be secured in a restraint on the plane.
When parents come to our station with seats they've checked, we advise them that the seats need to be disposed of and replaced with new ones.
ALL non-secured items on a plane are dangerous in the event of severe turbulence. I don't see any tethers on the hot coffee pots on the service cart...or mandatory velcro restraints on laptops, etc.
And you must live in the land of Trees 'O Money...first the "If you can't afford a baby ticket you can't afford to fly," then the "OHMYGOSH, your baby's seat was checked??? It's now a death trap! If you love your baby you have to buy a new one!!!" Ya know, like $200 bucks is no biggie. If you are going to dish out that sort of advice in today's economy, I suggest you also offer to buy the seat for them.
Originally Posted by Maedze
Anyone who can get in a car is 'privileged'. Anyone who can buy an airline ticket is privileged.
I find the whole, "Oh, I can't afford to fly if I have to buy my baby a ticket" is completely disingenous. If it was the law (as it will be within a few years, a lot of us are working very hard to get rid of the lap-baby loophole and the FAA is completely onboard), you'd find a way to pay for it if you're flying in the first place, as you will the moment your baby turns two.
The number of people who stop flying when their child turns two, but flew anywhere and everywhere up to 23 months is pretty much non-existent. My guess is, if you were legally required to, you would.
You are, of course, completely welcome (for the time being, until the law changes) welcome to disregard my advice, but making personal attacks simply makes you look foolish.
And if you can scrape up for X months to buy 1 or 2 tickets, you can scrape up for X number of more tickets to buy the third.
Well, now you can say there is at least ONE such person. We flew with DS1 on six different trips between the ages of 6 weeks-2 years to visit family across country. We haven't been able to afford to fly since. So he hasn't seen his grandpa in over 2 years.
And overall, you are just coming across as pretty mean and elitist to everyone on this thread. HTH!