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The summer vacation season will be here soon enough and if you are planning a vacation with your children or just flying to Florida to visit grandma, here are some things to know about flying with babies and toddlers.

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If your baby is under 2 years old, you don’t need to buy an airline ticket for them.  They would be considered Lap Babies, which basically means, you will be holding the baby the entire flight.  If you prefer to have a seat for the baby, you will need to purchase a seat.  If you are going to buy a seat for the baby, you’ll want to bring along a car seat.

 

SO IS YOUR CAR SEAT CERTIFIED TO FLY?

Only certain car seats are certified for use in aircraft.  If your seat isn’t certified, federal law will prohibit you from using it onboard.
A certified seat will include:
  • A sticker indicating that it is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft
  • A harness
  • A solid back and solid bottom
The accompanying adult must ensure the child properly fits in the seat and is the proper weight for the seat.  It is strongly recommended that a car seat be placed at the window so it doesn’t impede  other passengers from getting out of their seats.  Please note that car seats may be restricted from being placed in the rows in front of or behind of an emergency exit row, depending on the exit type.
Booster seats and harness vests are not allowed for use onboard.

Here are some more tips for parents flying with babies:

  • Measure the width of your car seat. It should fit in most airplane seats if it is no wider than 16 inches.
  • You will only be able to use a car seat IF you purchase a seat for the child.  You can’t use a car seat if your baby is flying as a LAP BABY.
  • Reserve adjoining seats, so that you can be guaranteed that you will be next to your baby.
  • Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight.

For more information about safely flying with a child restraint or special needs restraint device, visit the FAA’s website

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