Having traveled many times with my little one, from 10 months of age to date (3.5 years old), being knowledgeable about the safety standards of the car seat, and the FAA regulations has saved me from passing off my seat to be tossed in the belly of the aircraft. When a car seat is “checked in,” it is taken with the luggage. If you have watched the ramp agents load the aircrafts, you probably know it all gets tossed onto belts, and tossed into the belly of the aircraft. I doubt most rampers that handle baggage suddenly look at the carseat, and know to handle it with care. Cracked EPS foam renders the seat useless, and remember, we are putting our littles in them to save them from being (fatally) injured in an accident.
For more information, see the following FAA documents pertaining to traveling by plane with children in car seats.
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If you purchased a ticket for your child, you are entitled to use your child’s car seat.
No airline may “prohibit a child from using an approved CRS (Child Restraint System) when the parent/guardian purchases a ticket for the child.” (Section 10-d, page 7)
If your car seat does not fit in your child’s assigned airplane seat, the airline has to try to find a different airplane seat that will accommodate the car seat.
“No aircraft operator may prohibit a child from using an approved CRS when the parent/guardian purchases a seat for the child. If an approved CRS, for…
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