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Sorry if this has been asked before......I couldn't find it.<br><br>
DD is 2 (almost 3) and will be getting her own seat for a flight in a few weeks. Is she required to be in a carseat? Or can we just use the lap belt?<br><br>
DH is sooooooo looking forward to a trip without having to lug the carseat along, becasue we will not need it when we get there.
 

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hmm at that age i personally would still take a carseat. i just flew with my 19 month old and 4 year old and my 4 year old did not have a carseat and even at the tightest setting, the seatbelt was a little loose.
 

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Check with the airline. Last year,we flew with my dd who was 2.5. It was a small plane with only a single seat, aisle, single seat configuration. We werent sure she'd sit down by herself for the whole flight, and we called the airline to see if we could bring her carseat on board. All in all,it turned out to be a big ordeal, with the person on the phone noting in the computer system with our reservation that the carseat would be brought on board. I have no idea why it was such a big deal. So, check with the airline. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We flew with dd right before she turned three and then a few months after and we checked the carseat at the gate.<br>
She sat with the lapbelt on and she did well. She just played and slept which was pretty good considering it was a 6 hour flight!
 

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One possible problem with using the carseat is that it would put your daughter higher up and closer to the seat in front of her. Maybe so close that the person in that seat wouldn't be able to recline it all the way without banging into her. By the time my niece was your daughter's age, her parents had stopped using her carseat on planes for that reason.
 

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Just my 2 cents... I flew w/ DD when she was 2 and 2.5 (yesterday, in fact!). We didn't use the car seat either time. To my knowledge, they are not required, and unless you have a child who LOOOOVES the carseat, I think having it is going to be a huge pain for you. It will take up the seat that you have purchased and eliminate freedom of movement and a place to play (her seat). You'll feel more crowded and she will be sitting much higher than you during takeoff and landing, which would have been very disconcerting to my DD who needs to be in almost constant contact with me or at least in my sight line. If you are worried about the seat belt being too loose, the airline may allow you to hold your DD on your lap and provide you with a special infant/child seat belt that attaches to your belt. That should be tight enough.<br><br>
Not to be morbid, but if there's a problem with the flight, seat belts and carseats aren't going to be deciding factors (iykwim). At least that was my feeling when I decided against the carseat for us. Carseats are made for cars where your risk is exponentially higher than in an airplane.<br><br>
Again, just my .02!
 

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I'm not worried if the person in front of me can't recline <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> We install my dd's seat rearfacing on planes, and there's no way the person in front of her can recline.<br><br>
As to the safety belt attaching child to mom/dad, they're not allowed in the US.<br><br>
Young children and infants can be seriously injured or killed from turbulence in flight. That alone is enough reason for me to have my dd in a seat.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm not worried if the person in front of me can't recline <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> We install my dd's seat rearfacing on planes, and there's no way the person in front of her can recline.</div>
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But if the seat is forward facing, the person might go ahead and try to recline, and squish the legs of the kid in the carseat. You could always warn them ahead of time not to try it, but I imagine some people might not respond in a very friendly way.
 
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