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|View Poll Results: Would you fly without a carseat?|
|Depending on length of flight||12||4.49%|
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Originally Posted by Cardinal
Just flew last week from Little Rock to Dallas without a car seat. Had DS on our lap the whole time and felt perfectly safe. During turbulence, which we had pretty badly on the way there, I held him a little tighter with both arms. We checked our Britax.
American airlines were pretty child UNfriendly. They didn't have those huge plastic bags to cover the car seats, the airline attendees were rude, and the flights were jam-packed. Furthermore, our Britax was slightly damaged on the very bottom because of being thrown around. I wonder if they were playing football with it on the tarmac?
Originally Posted by dynamohumm6
If the FAA felt it was unsafe, the FAA would make it law. I doubt the airlines would protest, as they would be making more money. Knowing the financial state that the airlines are all in these days, I'm sure that they would jump at the chance to MAKE it law if any study ever indicated the slightest hint that lap-babies were in danger in any situation. Given that the government feels like the general population is too stupid to take care of themselves and needs to regulate everything under the sun, if there's no law about carseats in planes, it's probably considered pretty safe.
Not that a car seat is going to do much good if your plane is plummeting 36,000 feet anyway.
|Some of the PP's inquired as to data on injuries or deaths.
The FAA launched a national campaign "Turbulence happens" in Dec. 1996. During 1981 to Nov 1996, there were 252 reports of turbulence affecting major air carriers and 863 passengers received minor injuries, 63 received serious injuries and 2 passengers died. Of the 63 passengers who received serious injuries, 61 were not wearing their safety belts.
That is the latest data released. It does not breakdown those injured into age ranges though (as in infants, children, adults). But it stands to reason that since crash forces experienced by humans in an automobile are the same, so would the forces experienced in an aircraft. Is using a CSS always practical whether in an auto or airplane? No. But I absolutely recommend it, as does the FAA and the AAP. AAP has a policy "Restraint Use on Aircraft" at www.aap.org for your reference. Go to "car safety seats" and then click on "restraint use on aircraft" for the info.
Originally Posted by Joannarachel
You read that right...airlines are more concerned about getting your money than keeping your children safe.
Originally Posted by Jwebbal
You wear your seatbelt while on a plane right? But no seatbelt for your kid? .
Originally Posted by Roxswood
Bizarrely the JAA (European equivalent of FAA) will not allow children under two to ride in carseats when the seatbelt sign is illuminated, they must be in their parents lap with a seperate seatbelt that attaches to the parents belt.
Blows my mind how the JAA and FAA can have such different recommendations but they do. Over 2 years they can ride in an approved airline seat in their own seat but they say that being in an adult seatbelt is just as safe from two years and up. Very odd.
Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)
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