FAA May Change Flying Rules For Toddlers

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Federal aviation officials were considering changing the rules for kids traveling on planes, and that could mean a more costly vacation for families.

A new proposal would require children under 2-years-old to sit in their own seat with a child restraint device,  rather than on their parent’s laps.

Safety advocates said children are at a greater risk for injuries if they’re not in their own seats.

The FAA resisted making this a requirement across the board, saying families may choose not to fly.

  • Norm Driscoll

    The parents objecting to this obviously have never had the experience of clear air turbulence at 35,000 feet, where a sudden drop of 2,000 feet in 20 seconds in not uncommon. There is no time to react; there is no time to think. All of a sudden, your baby is thrown at the ceiling of the aircraft with a force sufficient to kill.
    It’s a good idea, and it needs to happen. As to cost; a seat is a seat. It has a cost, which is part of the airline’s price structure. There should be no discount.

  • GB

    Another over priced paranoid idea by over protective mothers that don’t travel with kids. I have travelled many, many times with my kids and never had a problem nor seen a problem. The last thing I want is another rule with an added cost for a marginal benefit. Paranoid mothers, go outside North America to see how good your kids have it here and leave such “safety” decisons to the parents to make.

  • Annonymous

    I agree. I just flew back from vacation last night with my 10 month old and it was scary having him on my lap during takeoff and landing. I say have the airlines charge a discounted ticket for infants, say $100 at most.

    • Rugbyball

      @annonymous “…I say have the airlines charge a discounted ticket for infants, say $100 at most…” Why should the airlines charge less. If they can get full fare for that seat they should. It called capitalism. This isn’t a publicly funded mass transit where they give discounts to children and elderly. If you give the seat to a toddler for $100, why not to a 90 y/o person?

      My thing is you have a choice now, if you are not comfortable with having your child on your lap, buy them a seat. This isn’t like a car, where accidents are much higher and seat belts can save your life. If you crash in a plane, chances are that lap belt isn’t going to do much. Yes you can have severe turbulence where a plan can drop 100’s to even thousands of feet in a blink, these are rare, about as rare as a rouge wave hitting a cruise ship, don’t see them requiring seat belts (although cruises do charge for kids, and at full price.)
      If FAA is really insistent, why not allow or require use of lap belts that work on parents lap. They have a device like this, http://www.amazon.com/Flyebaby-Airplane-Child-Comfort-System/dp/B002SMZS32/ref=pd_sbs_ba_5 that connects to parents lap belt, and to tray in front of you, child is belted in to a sling. Or for larger kids nearer to 2 y/o a lapbelt similiar to what they use for tandem sky diving, but not as complex. Can be a seat belt with loops at ends that go through the parents lap belt, and then around child lap (Kind of like what stewards/stewardess use to demo seat belts use on the plan, just with loops at the ends. Either way if they force parents to pay for those seats, you will lose a certain percentage of families from flying. Heck, I gave up flying with my three young kids in favor of driving, I drive from NYC to Ft. Lauderdale for last three years each winter to see Grandparents. Takes 1.5 days of driving each way, you get to see the country, can make stops along the way to show kids the country. And even with high cost of fuel, wear and tear on vehicle and tolls its cheaper to drive my mini van than buy five airline tickets, pay for luggage fees, pay for long term parking at airport, and pay for a car/minivan rental when I get to Florida.

    • whatever...yawn.

      ?…and the reason that you did not spring for a ticket if it was so “scary”?

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