As tens of millions of Americans take to the air this week and throughout the holiday season, the folks at the Federal Aviation Administration have a simple, but important, safety recommendation for parents flying with children:
Aboard the plane, the safest place for your child is in a child safety seat or device based on your child’s weight--not in your lap.
Fortunately, because many child safety seats are approved for both motor vehicle use and air travel, you can use the same safety seat in the car or taxi on the way to the airport, on the plane, and at your destination. Note that booster seats are an exception--while they do enhance safety in motor vehicles, they are not approved for use on airplanes.
If traveling safely with your children seems like a challenge, our FAA has prepared a terrific website to help you and your precious cargo get where you're going. On the site, you can find a brochure called "Childproof Your Flight: play it safe when flying with your child." I encourage you to print it and take it with you during your travels.
We want parents to make informed decisions about child safety when traveling by air this holiday season. Securing children in child safety seats aboard the aircraft is a smart way to keep your kids safe--it's the right thing to do.
But, whether you're driving or flying this holiday season and throughout the year, please remind your loved ones to always buckle up.