Thursday, December 9, 2010

Kids and Plane Rides

They make carriers you can use to strap your child to yourself while seated in a plane. That's what I used. I agree that I would be much less likely to fly if I had to buy a ticket for the baby too. Plane tickets are outrageously expensive for Middle America. What are the odds that you are going to get in a plane crash and survive anyway? That being said, would it be difficult for me to hold my 15 month old on a plane ride? Absolutely! It's hard to do anything with him.

FROM NBC: Infants and small children would need a plane ticket and safety seat to fly... if the National Transportation Safety Board has its way. That was the message at Thursday's "Child Passenger Safety in the air and in automobiles" forum in Washington D.C. Currently kids under the age of 2 fly free if they can sit on their parent's lap.

But the NTSB says it's impossible for a parent to hold onto their child during a crash, adding that the infant could become a dangerous projectile.
The Federal Aviation Administration agrees with the NTSB. But in 2004 the Federal Aviation Administration decided not to require families to buy an airline seat for small children...out of fear that it would be too costly and force money-conscious travelers to drive instead of fly.

No word yet on whether the FAA and the Air Transport Association, which represents air carriers, will change their position. Each year thousands of children are killed in car and plane crashes. The NTSB says many of those deaths could be prevented if children are properly fastened in the appropriate child restraint. Deborah A.P. Hersman/NTSB Chairwoman: "If we are so careful to strap our children into a car seat when we drive to the airport, they why are we not diligent in requiring them to have their own seat on an airplane?"

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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