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I unexpectedly find myself going on a plane ride this summer with my 7 y/o. We'll be renting a car once we get there so I'll need to bring it with us. He's currently in a BPB.<br><br>
What do I need to know about using a booster on a plane/what's allowed, etc. We'll be flying Southwest, if that helps. On their website they say that low back boosters are absolutely not allowed. I don't really think using the BPB with a lap belt only is an option, right? Just kind of confused as to how we're going to pull this off.
 

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You cannot use a booster on the plane. Your 7yo can sit in just the lap belt. If your 7yo is in a lbb, you can put it in the overhead bin. If in a hbb you can either take it apart, pack the back, and put the bottom in the overhead bin or you can gate check it.
 

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I highly recommend gate checking the booster. That way you know it is on the same plane you are and will be getting off at the same time. There are few things more annoying than finally arriving 8 hours late at your destination only to realize that your bags have gone elsewhere and you have no car seat to get your very exhausted child out of the airport. (don't ask me how I know this...)<br><br>
By the way, car seats (and boosters) do not count against your carry-on limits.
 

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Gate-checking is no guarantee that it will get there. Is is better than luggage checking it at the desk but sometimes they throw these items down chutes or forget them on the jetway... Stuff still happens so if possible, it's better to bring it on board.
 

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We've brought a LBB as a carry-on.<br><br>
We've also completely neglected to bring a booster at all ("I thought you packed it!"), gotten to the car rental place, found THEY had nothing at all, and ended up driving, with the then 5-year-old belt-only, to the nearest store to get a $15 LBB for the trip. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag"><br><br>
(We really had no other option--we were in Dallas, driving to some tiny east Texas town two hours from there, and knew nobody who could help. For all I know, it may have been legal at the time to put a 5-year-old in a seat belt in Texas. I know it isn't now.)
 

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We just flew w/ boosters for both the boys. On the way there we just took the backless boosters on the plane and put them in the overhead bin and then packed the backs in our suitcases. On the way back our suitcases were too full so we put them in plastic bags from the airline (Southwest) and just gate checked them. Not ideal, but we didn't have many options.
 

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Fwiw, I've been flying frequently with children for 5+ years now and never had anything I've gate checked lost. I had one thing damaged, the handle on my stroller, on one united flight. On the other hand, I've had my checked luggage damaged and lost numerous times in the last 12 years that I've been flying frequently.
 

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It is true that gate-checking is better than luggage-checking anything but it's just not a guarantee. Even then, it's easier to trace (i.e.baggage guys left it on the jetway so it's obvious which flight it was supposed to have been on). Boosters though, as more easily replaced than a 5 point car seat so it might be worth the "risk".
 
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