I'm flying with my 5 yr old and 5 month old infant (4.5 hour flight) next week...and I decided to purchase a seat for the infant so I can bring her carseat on the plane (plus I have a bad back and my arms need a break from the Ergo, etc.)
I'm grappling with whether or not to bring the base. I know the base is super easy to install in any vehicle with latch, and it's narrow so I know it will fit the airplane seat....and the base will be great to have at our destination. I also don't want to check it and risk loss or damage.
I thought about leaving the base behind...but I'm not so sure about the seatbelt installation without the base. I'm worried about not getting the proper recline angle, and when we install it we'll be in a rush, tired, impatient, etc. after a long flight. I'd just as soon have the base so it's easy and there's no new learning curve! I had trouble installing the base with a seatbelt (on side kept flipping up)...and am concerned I'd run into the same issue trying to install with a seatbelt withOUT the base. I won't be able to try it out in the vehicle - so it's a bit of a crapshoot at best. A successful base install with latch IS a sure thing though in my mind.
As far as I can tell, the only disadvantage to bringing the base is that you have to carry it through the airport (which shouldn't be a problem for me as I have a stroller that will have room to tuck the base underneath. The airline I'm travelling with (Westjet) has no size restrictions on strollers.
Is there any other reason I shouldn't bring the base?
Anyone flown with the Keyfit 22 (or 30 - assuming the seats are similar). Did you use the base on the airplane and if so, how'd it go?