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July 13, 2011

10 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe When Traveling

Top 10 Safety Tips for Traveling With Children

Traveling with children, especially infants or toddlers, puts special demands on the adults responsible for their well-being. Based on analysis of dozens of aviation incidents and accidents involving children and my own experience as a traveling parent, here are ten tips that can make the trip safer for your child.

1. Plan ahead: Ask yourself what supplies you will need to have on hand to take care of any normal or special needs for the child. Remember, it is the airline's responsibility to carry passengers to their destination, but it is the responsibility of the parent or responsible adult to take care of any children.

2. Use a child restraint system for children under 40 pounds (18.1 kilos): The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration strongly recommends that children weighing less than 40 pounds be put into a child restraint system appropriate for their weight. Children under the age of two may be carried on the lap of an adult, but the lap child should have some kind of restraint system. For small children, consider the following recommendations:

  • Find a way to conveniently carry any appropriate child restraint systems through airports and into and out of aircraft.

  • If the child is over the age of two, and less than 40 pounds, follow the FAA recommendations for child restraint systems.

  • If the child is under two, consider buying a separate seat for the child and use an appropriate restraint system for the seat.

  • If the child is under two and will be traveling on the lap of an adult, consider using an in-flight child restraint. Also, bring along an appropriate child restraint system just in case the seat next to you happens to be unoccupied.  [Read full article]

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