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My little one and me are flying next week, I'm bringing my car seat but I have no idea how I'm going to manage to install the car seat and keep the little one out of trouble. She is 11 mos. and is pretty mobile.<br><br>
So if you've done it, please tell me what are the logistics. Do you pre-board? Do flight attendants help at all? What do you do with the little on while you are installing the car seat?<br>
Also how do you install it in the plane, is it the same as installing it in the car?<br><br>
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I would pre-board (I've always been able to if I ask, even if they don't announce people w/ kids can go ahead) and ask the fa to hold dd while you do her seat. You want it rfing just like in the car. It sometimes helps to get a belt extender too to make it a little easier to reach the buckle.
 

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The last few times I've flown, I've belted ds2 in MY seatbelt, then secured his seat. He's been so busy playing with the buckle that he's hardly noticed I wasn't holding him. LOL<br><br>
When he was in a bucket, I just carted him down the aisle in the bucket and installed it without removing him.<br><br>
Not sure what type of seat you have, but if you have a Marathon or any of the Britax clones, you most definitely want a belt extender. I have scars.
 

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I flew with my DS and DP just last week. Since I was flying with another adult I didn't have to worry about what to do with DS while I installed the seat, but I was worried about installation.<br><br>
I asked for a seatbelt extender, but found that with it, I was unable to get DS' Marathon in tight enough. It was likely just me, but I couldn't figure it out. So I installed it with just the regular seatbelt (it was installed RF.) It was a bit of a PITA to reach over the seat and get the lock off closed, but all in all it took me less than 5 minutes, and it was the very first time I had ever installed his seat on a plane.
 

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I didn't use the built in lock-off's on the seat - per the manual, you should NOT use the lockoffs with a lap belt only installation.<br><br>
The seat belt extender was best for when removing the seat - that's when I got my hand stuck, and it took nearly 30 minutes for me to get the seat out. Ouch.
 

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IME, installing a car seat rear facing (especially a Marathon) on a plane is easy peasy--no belt extender needed, just put it through the slots in the cover and buckle over the cover. I do the same as a PP--buckle baby into my seat while I put her seat in.
 

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So about the belt extender, do I just ask for one or do I need to bring my own. I'm sorry I'm sounding so naive, but I really have no idea about this all.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't use the built in lock-off's on the seat - per the manual, you should NOT use the lockoffs with a lap belt only installation.</div>
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I used the lower lockoffs because that is what page 14 of the user manual for my Canadian Marathon said to do. Perhaps the instructions are different for Marathons with different DOMs?<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">IME, installing a car seat rear facing (especially a Marathon) on a plane is easy peasy--no belt extender needed, just put it through the slots in the cover and buckle over the cover.</div>
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That's what we did. I was worried that having the buckle up underneath him would bother DS, but he honestly didn't seem to notice.<br><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">So about the belt extender, do I just ask for one or do I need to bring my own. I'm sorry I'm sounding so naive, but I really have no idea about this all.</div>
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Nope, you don't need your own. If you want to try it out with the extender, just ask a flight attendant for it when you board the plane.
 

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Nope, you cannot use a lockoff with a lap-belt only install.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Nope, you cannot use a lockoff with a lap-belt only install.</div>
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Well, this is a <a href="http://www.britaxusa.com/support/documents/Marathon_CAN_P276200_R2.pdf" target="_blank">PDF copy of the user guide</a> I have. Maybe I am missing something, but it seems to clearly give instructions for using the lockoffs with a lap-belt only instruction. Am I reading it completely wrong??<br><br>
Anyhow, if you aren't using the lockoffs, then the installation should be very, very easy. The lockoff nearest the window was the only think that I found difficult about the installation.
 

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Also don't hesitate to ask flight attendants for help carrying the seat on and off board, or to hold your little one or whatever. That's what they are there for! One flight attendant even volunteered to carry our seat from gate to gate when we had to change planes.
 

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I recently traveled by plane with my 27 month old gs. To (car) seat or not to seat -- it's a tough question. I did some googling and saw one interesting point of view -- car seats are exactly that -- CAR seats, and not designed for safety in an airplane crash. In fact, it is likely they wouldn't do much under those circumstances. Plus, if you bring them on the plane and your darling babe doesn't want to sit in it, there's no place to move the seat, so you're stuck with it.<br><br>
Consequently, the only good reason I could see for bringing it on board was to keep my sweetie restrained, so we opted against that. Perhaps it would be necessary, however, with a younger child.<br><br>
Of course the airline allows you to check the seat -- either at the ticket counter or right at the plane (like the stroller), in which case they bring it back out to you at the concourse of your destination, also like the stroller.<br><br>
On the way back we checked it with the baggage (a plastic bag is helpful to minimize damage) and that was much less hassle.<br><br>
BTW, he did great on the plane, and we never missed the car seat. On another subject, we did bring him a backback full of amusements, so that was the key to our success.
 

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I traveled a few times with and without the car seat and when traveling alone, when my son was between 6 and 18 months, the car seat was a blessing. For long flights, there is a chance baby will fall asleep and if he/she is buckled in the car seat, you can go for a quick pee while someone keeps an eye on the baby.<br><br>
My advice is: be prepared for ignorance from the flight attendants. I have had one telling me that I could not set up the car sear rear-facing, so I had to turn it around. Others gave me conflicting information (depending on the airline nationality, IME) in terms of how to set you and baby up during take-off and landing, if baby is on your lap (some gave me a little belt to tie into my belt, others told me I just needed to hold the baby). I think you need to be prepared to resign yourself to a set up that you know is not the safest for your baby, because unfortunately there are no set guidelines and standards and you don't want to argue with the flight crew.<br><br>
In terms of keeping baby entertained, I just put him standing on the window seat and told him to look outside. He was so interested in the new environment he was very very cooperative and patient.
 
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