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Can this be done? I have a 3 1/2 yr old. He *does* have a smaller carseat, a Graco, which I would prefer--but--he threw up all over the cover and I left it outside...suffice to say it is now covered in snow and I don't have the inclination to go to the laundromat before I leave. Yeah, I know, bad mama... :p So--a Britax. How the heck do you carry it through the airports and will it go properly in a dinky airplane seat?<br><br>
Also, I need to check my infant's car seat (he'll be in the sling). Should I bring the base with me or try to find one once I get out there? We are flying down to the Lower 48 to visit family and will be there about a month and a half. Will they let you check the base with the car seat, as long as they're attached?<br><br>
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The Britax Marathon will fit nicely in an airplane seat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Before you install, ask the flight attendant for a belt extender. It will make getting it out again MUCH easier!<br><br>
I would strongly recommend against checking your infant seat. Child restraints are NOT treated well by luggage handlers and can come back to you obviously damaged (or worse, with non-obvious damage so that you continue to unknowingly use a seat that won't work in an accident).<br><br>
When you check in, see if you can sit next to an empty seat so that you can use the infant carrier on the plane.<br><br>
If your infant seat can be installed without the base, I would leave the base at home, pack a rolled towel or pool noodle, and just use the seat alone, for convenience and packing sake.
 

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It definitely fits. We've always down fine without a belt extender, but we've found that you have to be very careful to turn the buckle release part around so that you'll be able to release it. It's easy to tighten it up so that it's just about impossible to release. Just watch where the release part of the buckle is, and flip it if necessary to make sure you'll be able to release it.<br><br>
We carry ours through the airport by attaching it using bungee cords to a small rolling carry on bag. We've also used a collapsible luggage cart on one occasion, also with the bungee cords. I think we used to bungee cord it to an umbrella stroller (DS walked) as well.
 
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