Whether you are traveling across town or across the country, traveling with children requires patience, planning and attention to safety issues. Air travel is incredibly safe -- far safer than going by car.
One of the most effective things you can do to ensure your child's safe air travel is to listen to all announcements. Pay attention to the safety briefing and read the safety card in the seat pocket in front of you. Keep your child's seat belt fastened throughout the entire flight and set a good example by keeping your safety belt fastened too.
If you are traveling with an infant under two years of age , it's a good idea to purchase a separate seat for your child and bring along a government-approved child safety seat. Strap the safety seat into the airline seat and your child into the safety seat, facing backwards. Your child will be much safer if turbulence is encountered during the flight or in the unlikely event of an accident.
Facts to know…
Currently, children under the age of 2 are not required to be in any kind of restraint on aircraft during takeoff, landing, and periods of turbulence. They are often held on the lap of an adult. This has lead to preventable injuries and deaths during survivable crashes and conditions of turbulence.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 40 pounds be in a safety seat on aircraft - just like in a car. In a November 2001 policy statement, the AAP called for a mandatory federal requirement for restraint use for children on aircraft. Adults are protected during vulnerable periods by safety straps designed for them. Kids deserve the same protection.