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It looks like we'll be travelling to Vietnam within this year (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> ) so we're trying to get all our ducks in a row. Brandon obviously requires his own carseat to travel, and since it's like a 25 hour flight (well, several smaller flights that total 25 hours), we will be buying a seat for the baby. We'll bring a snugride infant seat for the baby, but under no circumstances do we want to lug a convertable carseat (we have Marathons) through several different airports, in and out of multiple taxis, and from hotel to hotel (in Vietnam, they do not use carseats or seatbelts, so installing it into a car isn't an option).<br><br>
So, anyhow... In the interest of only bringing one carseat, we found the CARES airline harness: <a href="http://www.kidsflysafe.com/index.php" target="_blank">http://www.kidsflysafe.com/index.php</a><br><br>
But it's very pricey. Before I slap down the $80...has anyone used this? Is it easy? Is it safe? Does it bug the heck out of the person behind you? Is it even allowed on airlines outside of the US (most likely we'll end up on at least one Asian airline...)<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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We have it and I love it. Absolutely adore it. (Actually, just used it this past week.) It is super-easy to use (comes with great directions too). And it really doesn't bother the person behind you - it just slips around the seat, and is hidden by the tray table (and doesn't interfere with the tray table function at all). It is MUCH easier to use than a carseat on an airplane, and I do think it's safer too. We thought that we would have problems with flight attendants not being familiar with the product, but we've only gotten positive comments, about how they wish more kids/parents would use them.<br><br>
So, all in all, I find it to be very worth it. (We do a lot of traveling as well, so it's especially worth it for us.)
 
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