Originally Posted by snitker79
My thought is that if the plane goes down, there's not much anyone can do regardless if she's strapped into a carseat or not. I figure she's attached to me and she's going to go where I do.
I quoted you because that is a VERY common line of though regarding children and car seats on airplanes. People think that crashes cannot be survived so why bother? The fact is that while a plane falling out of the sky is most likely to be deadly, it is also very rare. What is NOT rare is severe turbulence
that could wrench your child from your arms and fling her to the ceiling. Also VERY common are accidents during take-off, and landing
, which most people DO survive, but would likely kill an unrestrained child/infant.
One thing to think about when traveling with a baby is what you're going to use as a car seat when you arrive at your destination... For many people it just makes sense to bring a car seat with them. However it is not the safest thing to check a car seat. They could easily get damaged by rough baggage handlers. Better is to gate check your car seat, but the safest option is to USE it. If you don't want to lug your Boulevard, or risk it getting damaged, I'd suggest buying a cheap Cosco Scenera
(only $40 at evil mart, and sometimes in store at target) to bring with your. If you absolutely can't/wont buy a seat for your child, bring the seat with your anyway. Sometimes if there is room on the plane they will let you use a seat for free to secure your child. If there isn't any room just gate check the seat like you should anyway. However, it IS advisable to print out the FAA regulations
that allow you to use an FAA approved car seat on a plane. Flight attendants have been know to not know the rules and harass parents wanting to use a car seat (well within their rights).
Here is one more link from a flight attendant regarding flying with children
. It's very long, but has TON of helpful info, and many good links.