Hello everybody. Summer time means traveling and vacations. We are will be traveling with our baby girl as well and I made a research about car seats that you can use in aircrafts that approved by Federal Aviation Administration.
We bought a ticket for our baby for more convenient travel experience and because our flights are International. That means we need a car seat. First at all, I want to share with you some rules that you should follow for your child safety.
There is link to Instructional video covering how to properly install a forward-facing child restraint in an aircraft instructional video
Do not place a child in a CRS designed for a smaller or larger child than indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions. The FAA recommends that a child weighing:
• From 20 to 40 pounds use a forward-facing CRS.
• More than 40 pounds use an airplane seat belt.
While booster seats and harness vests enhance safety in vehicles, the FAA prohibits passengers from bringing these types of devices on airplanes for use during taxi, take-off and landing.
They should be checked as baggage. Also, supplemental lap restraints or “belly belts” are banned for use in both airplanes and vehicles in the United States.
Before you take of check this requirements:
- ✓ Make sure your CRS is government approved and has “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check the CRS as baggage.
- ✓ Measure the width of your CRS. It should fit in most airplane seats if it is no wider than 16 inches.
- ✓ Ask your airline for a discounted fare. Many airlines now offer discounts of up to 50 percent for children less than two years of age. Purchasing a ticket for your child is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use a CRS.
- ✓ Reserve adjoining seats. A CRS must be placed in a window seat so it will not block the escape path in an emergency. A CRS may not be placed in an exit row.
- ✓ If you do not purchase a ticket for your child, ask if your airline will allow you to use an empty seat.
If your airline’s policy allows this, avoid the busiest days and times to increase the likelihood of finding an empty seat next to you.
✓ Ask your airline if they can provide a CRS for your child. If so, you may not be permitted to bring your own CRS on board and may need to check it as baggage.
✓ Arrange for your airline to assist you if you need help making a connecting flight. Carrying a CRS, a child and luggage through a busy airport can be challenging.
✓ Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight.
✓ And, of course, always use a CRS in your vehicle when driving to and from the airport—or anywhere!
The list of FAA approved car seats:
- Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible car seat. Try this seat for a top-notch seat at an affordable price. Minimum weight recommendation 5 pounds. Maximum is 40 pounds. Item weight 12 pounds. Price $49.99 Evenflo Tribute LX Convertible Car Seat – Neptune
- Cosco High Back Booster, Windmill. Forward-facing with harness 22-40 pounds. Belt-positioning booster 40-80 pounds. Lightweight design for ease of traveling. Removable cup holder. 5-point harness with up-front adjustment. Price under $50 Cisco high back booster
- Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible Car Seat, Seaport.
The guide 65 is a perfect fit for smaller cars and helps protect your child longer in both rear and forward facing positions. Rear-facing, it keeps them comfortable up to 40 pounds. Change the seat to a forward-facing position once they’re ready, and they’ll be snug in the 5-point harness all the way to 65 pounds. Price $76.49 Safety 1st
Graco Classic Connect 22 with EPS. Item weight 15.8 pounds. It measures 24″ x 17.25″ x 18″ when attached to the base. For children 5 to 22 lbs. or 29″ tall.Price $ 170
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat.It’s lightweight and built for travel with children up to 30 lbs. or 30″ in height. While lugging a car seat that is 9 lbs. Measures 24″D x 17″W x 22″H without base, weighs 9 lbs. without base. Price $199
- Britax B-Safe Infant Car Seat. The Britax B-Safe weighs neligably more than the Onboard 35 Air at 9.2 lbs. without the base, and offers a protective steel frame and side-impact protection as well. The Britax B-Safe also features premium LATCH attachments with push-button release, and belt lock-offs for secure installation with safety belts. Price $168 Britax
- Maxi-Cosi Pebble, Pebble Plus and Citi baby seats are officially approved to be used on aircraft.
I hope this information will help you. Have a safe flights.