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airline harness

I am aware of at least one brand of harness that transfers from airplane to car and is safe, approved, etc. I've been googling for hours now and have come up short. My kids are 5 & 3 1/2 and weigh 40 and 46 pounds. The car riding will be just from airport to hotel and back (twice obviously) and the thought of lugging 2 carseats around makes me wanna cancel the whole trip. help!


Asked by hibbingmom at 4:18 PM on Jan. 10, 2010 in Kids' Health

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    Answer by Anonymous at 11:52 AM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • they dont need a car seat or harness on the plane... so if i were you, then i would just bring your own car seats and check them. i have 2 children... one in a newborn car seat and the other in britax convertible carseat. they are bulky and annoying to travel with... but once you have them checked... you dont need to lug them around with you. we travel domestically a lot with our children and carseats do not count as extra baggage... so you dont need to worry about paying extra (this is the case with american and us airways anyway... an when flying southwest you are allowed 2 checked bags free per person, and a car seat replaces one of the free checked bags) good luck!

    Answer by DRM0329 at 4:26 PM on Jan. 10, 2010

  • We always used a carseat on the plane. The reason that the FAA recommends this is because in extreme turbulence, a lap baby can become a projectile.

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:31 PM on Jan. 10, 2010

  • NEVER check a car seat with your luggage.... think of how bad your suitcase looks after going through you want the same damage inflicted on the equipment that keeps your child safe in case of a car accident? You are better off taking them on board or gate checking them. Yep, it is a PITA to lug it through the airport, but a small price to pay for your child's safety

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 4:57 PM on Jan. 10, 2010

  • we've checked them and gate checked them. we fly often... and never have the car seats been damaged. it is up to you (but i prefer to check them so i dont have to carry them around) in the event that one was damaged i would obviously buy a new one. you could also make a phone call and write a letter to the airline if this happened (and although it may be a pain in the butt and time consuming, with enough persistence on your part, i almost guarantee you would be compensated for the damages that occurred)

    Answer by DRM0329 at 9:18 PM on Jan. 10, 2010

  • also you said your children are 5 and 3... they are no longer allowed to be lap babies. so they can be belted and no worry of projectile babies! good luck keeping the 3 year old belted though :)

    Answer by DRM0329 at 9:26 PM on Jan. 10, 2010

  • by this age 5 &3 1\2 they should be sitting in their own seat. not on your lap anymore its not save.

    Answer by incarnita at 8:06 AM on Jan. 12, 2010