Flying with Children this Thanksgiving

Aircraft Approved - Doona

Isn’t it amazing that kids under 2 years of age can fly free as lap passengers, but the coffee pot and your laptop have to be secured? When it comes to air travel with a baby, it’s turbulence that offers the real threat, not the possibility of a plane crash. Think about all those times that the pilot has abruptly turned on the “fasten your seatbelt” sign and you’ve experienced an unexpected “bumpy ride”. For young, unsecured passengers, those unexpected bumps can result in injuries.

The safest place for a baby or young child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system, not on your lap. Your arms are not capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly urges you to secure your child in car seat during your flight. Just as it is recommended that children under 2 travel rear-facing in the car, the same applies on a plane. Unfortunately, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) verbiage makes it confusing for airline staff when a caregiver chooses to rear-face their child’s car seat on an airplane seat. It reads that “any FAA approved car seat must be installed on a forward-facing seat.” Often this statement is misunderstood as the car seat has to be forward-facing, when it actually means the car seat must be installed on a forward-facing airline seat. Remember when some airlines had the seats that faced the back of the plane in the very front bulkhead rows? That’s where this statement originated.

The Doona car seat is approved by the FAA for use on an airplane. Here are the instructions for installing Doona on an aircraft.

  • Place the Doona Infant Car Seat on the respective seat on the plane in rearward facing position
  • Folding the arm rests upwards could facilitate the installation of your car seat
  • Feed both ends of the lap belt through the belt guides of the Doona
  • Make sure that the belts are not twisted
  • Now, close the belt buckle and tighten the belt

Safe travels this holiday season and Happy Thanksgiving!

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