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Does my 3yr old need a car seat in the the plane?

Does my 3yr old need a car seat in the the plane? Topic: Case seat plane
July 19, 2019 / By Emelie
Question: I'm going to il in May to go see my family. I'm taking my 3 yr old son, how do i bring my car seat w/me (also renting a car for 2 weeks, so i need his car seat) on the plane? Does he need it while on the plane? Thank you.
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Christina Christina | 10 days ago
Hi, I used to work for Northwest Airlines. Here is what you need to know/do. First off, NO he does not need to be in the car seat while on the plane. Typically younger children can share your lap (infants-1 yo), but a 3yo needs his own seat and the seat belt is all he needs for protection while on the flight. You would check the car seat as a baggage item. You can do this a couple ways. You can either have them tag it at check-in and then it would proceed through the conveyance systems with the other bags/golf clubs/gun cases, etc. Instead, I would recommend that you being it down to the end of the jetway and the baggage handlers will place it in front of the bay doors before the flight leaves and after the bags are loaded. This will save you 95% of the dings, scrapes, and black rubber conveyor marks you would have suffered otherwise. We used to do this all the time. Very common practice. Hopefully this helps! John
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Christina Originally Answered: Why didn't I get the plane seat I chose?
Selecting a seat online doesn't guarantee you the seat on the flight. The airline reserves the right to change it whenever they feel like it (it says this in the fine print). You were just one of the cases in which they switched your seat.

Avelina Avelina
He would probably be more comfortable on the plane in his car seat. He is used to sitting in it, will sit still and it will keep him safer if there is severe turbulence. I personally would NOT check a car seat. Have you ever seen how roughly they treat checked baggage? Plus what if it is lost, like lots of luggage, when you reach your destination? Then you have no car seat for your rental car. It may be more of a hassle to get the car seat through the airport and check point, but, your son will be more comfortable, probably sleep on the flight and your car seat does not have the chance to be damaged by baggage handlers.
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Abi Abi
if he needs a car seat or booster in the car, you should do the same on the plane. i dont know if the airlines require it, but he needs his own seat anyways, why not use the car seat too?
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Steven Steven
can possibly use a booster seat for the three twelve months old call the airling u booked and ask them for the a million year old you could merely have him on your lap. as lower than 2 can take a seat on lap until eventually it replaced. yet you going ot desire automobile seats for even as get their as they could't get in a motorcar until eventually were given one until eventually you're renting them from the motorcar broking even as u get a automobile not particular the way you're doing it.nicely gl.
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Steven Originally Answered: Whats best car seat for travelling on plane?
I would first ask who "they" are? Sounds like you got mostly good advice - ALL children should ALWAYS be in an age/size appropriate car seat on airplanes, whether short or long flights. They are safer that way, and the trip is more comfortable and enjoyable for parents, children, and other passengers when children are in their seats, just like they're used to in cars. However, for a 1 year old baby, the seat needs to be REAR facing, not forward facing. You should follow the same car seat recommendation for vehicles even in airplanes. That means keeping kids rear facing as long as possible, preferably to at least 2 years old. Picking a seat is actually the easy part. :) You can use ANY seat as long as it is FAA approved for use on aircraft. And, most are. In fact, its a lot shorter list to list car seats that can't be used in planes. The only one that comes to mind is the Britax Regent and SafeGuard Go. Everything else is. But to be sure, check the labels on the seat, somewhere it will say FAA approved for use on aircraft. As for which seat to buy... When shopping Remember these rules: 1)the BEST seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car, and will be used correctly 100% of the time. (This is why convenience features DO make a difference and ARE worth the money! 2)children need to stay rear facing as long as possible. Turning kids forward at 20lbs/1year is an outdated practice that could cost you your child's life! A)A forward-facing child under 2 years old is 5 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash than a rear-facing child of the same age. B)A child's vertabrae do not fully fuse until 3-6 years old, before then, she is at great risk for internal decapitation. The spinal column can stretch up to 2 inches in a crash BUT the spinal cord can only stretch up to 1/4 inch before it snaps and baby is gone. C)Current research suggests that children under the age of two years are 75 percent less likely to die or be seriously injured when they are riding rear facing. D)In a recent article from Injury Prevention, it was found that the odds of severe injury to forward facing children age 12-23 months old was 5.32 times higher than a rear facing child. (Car Safety Seats For Children: Rear Facing For Best Protection; Injury Prevention 2007; 13:398-402.) 3)Once you do turn them forward facing, they need to stay in a 5 point harness as long as possible. 4 years/40lbs is the minimum for riding in a booster, and most 4 year olds have no business using one yet. If they can't sit upright for an entire trip, they need the harness of a car seat still. And, even if they do sit properly, a 5 point harness is safer, so you want to keep them in one as long as possible. This is important to consider b/c most car seats only forward face to 40lbs. So...knowing all that, here's some about specific seats. Don't get a Graco Comfort Sport. Car seat techs call it the 'crappysport'. LOL Its a crappy seat that won't last your child very long b/c it has a really short shell. The straps twist all the time, and if they're twisted they won't support your child in a wreck properly. They're hard to install. There's nothing good about these seats except perhaps they're cheap sometimes. Ditto the Safety1st 3-in-1/Cosco Alpha Omega/Eddie Bauer 3-in1 seats. These are all the same company - same seat, just different covers. They stink. Hard to install, b/c of narrow belt paths. Ever tried to wash a skinny cup by hand? Now imagine that skinny cup with pointy edges. That's what putting your hand through these to install them is like. AND they have too short a shell to really go to 40lbs. And that's another misleading thing the box says - 5-100lbs. What the box fails to mention (you don't find out until reading the manual!) is that the harness only goes to 40lbs, NOT 100lbs! After 40lbs it must be used as a booster.And they do not make good boosters. Also, most kids have to use boosters until they're at least 8 years old. Car seats expire 6 years after the date of manufacture, so no matter what they say it is NOT the last seat you'll ever need to buy...Had to edit this part now, b/c Dorel has revamped the 3-in-1s, and if make sure you get an ALpha Omega Elite or 3-in-1 that specifically says up to 50lbs, its not a bad seat. The Triumph Advance and Britax Marathon install a heck of a lot easier, but the AOE is an ok option as long as its the new one. The Britax Marathon/Boulevard/Decathalon (These 3 are the same seat, just different features. The Marathon a wide open easy to route belt path, which makes using it correctly a lot easier, as do the built in lockoffs, which mean you never again have to use a locking clip. Because of the way the base is made, it fits in most cars. And, it is worth the money, b/c it lasts usually twice as long as most other car seats lasting a baby till they are 5-6 years old, where most at Walmart will only last till 2-4 years old. Rear faces to 33lbs, then forward to 65lbs. and top slots 17inches tall, lasts most kids to ages 5-6 years old. The Evenflo Triumph Advance (not the original Triumph, make sure it says Advance) is a great seat. Top slots 17", harnesses to 35lbs rear facing, and 50lbs forward facing. Wide open belt path, easy to install. The harness adjusts at the front of the car seat, you don't have to take the car seat out of the car just to raise/lower the straps. It has infinite harness adjustment so the harness always fits perfectly until its outgrown. You tighten and loosen the harness using knobs on the side of the seat. It can be used in a recline position even in forward facing mode. The Compass True Fit, same as First Years True Fit, is great too. 16.5 inch top harness slots, half inch shorter than the Britax Marathon and Evenflo Triumph Advance. Rear faces to 35lbs, forward faces to 65lbs, has built-in lockoffs, and you never have to rethread the harness to change harness height. The headrest is removable to fit better in smaller cars. If you are wanting a seat ONLY for travel use, snag a $45 Cosco Scenera. Its lightweight, and usually pretty easy to install. Its a deal at that price even though with only a 40lbs forward facign limit and rather short top slots, most kids outgrow it at 2-3 years old. And here's more info on why to keep that baby rear facing! The old 20lbs/1 year rule is just that. OLD. It came about in the 1980's when our seats were only capable of rear facing to 20lbs and we didn't know any better. Now we definitely know better and all current convertible seats rear face to at least 30lbs, but its hard getting people to realize this. Turning kids forward at 20lbs/1year is an outdated practice that could cost you your child's life! 1)A forward-facing child under 2 years old is 5 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a crash than a rear-facing child of the same age. 2)A child's vertabrae do not fully fuse until 3-6 years old, before then, she is at great risk for internal decapitation. The spinal column can stretch up to 2 inches in a crash BUT the spinal cord can only stretch up to 1/4 inch before it snaps and baby is gone. 3)Current research suggests that children under the age of two years are 75 percent less likely to die or be seriously injured when they are riding rear facing. 4)In a recent article from Injury Prevention, it was found that the odds of severe injury to forward facing children age 12-23 months old was 5.32 times higher than a rear facing child. (Car Safety Seats For Children: Rear Facing For Best Protection; Injury Prevention 2007; 13:398-402.) It works this way: when you get in an accident and run into something, the car stop suddently, but everything and everyone in the car keeps moving in the direction the car was moving when it stopped, in most accidents, this is forward. So in an accident with a child in a forward facing seat, his head, the heaviest part of the body on babies and toddlers, flies forward very forcefully and easily snaps. If that same child is in a rear facing seat, his head tries to fly forward but is supported by the back of the rear facing seat, so there is no stress put on the child's neck and spine. Check out this photo album exclusively of rear facing kids, many of them much older than 12 months: http://www.cpsafety.com/articles/RFAlbum... There isn't a single documented case of a child breaking their legs b/c they were rear facing in an accident. There are, however, lots of cases where children have been killed and seriously injured where a rear facing seat would have protected them better. And most kids actually prefer to be rear facing b/c they can rest their feet on the vehicle seat back. When they are forward facing, their legs don't receive enough support and will frequently fall asleep. WHY REAR FACING: http://www.carseat.org/Resources/633.pdf In the foreground is a forward facing seat, in the background a rear facing seat. You can see how much trauma the forward facing dummy has to endure. The rear facing child simply rides it out. http://www.oeamtc.at/netautor/html_seite... Here's another video. You can see how there is NO trauma to the baby, it simply sits there waiting for it to end. http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v163/jen_nah/carseats/?action=view¤t=video06A_MGA_213_RearFace-Convertib.flv The story of a child who suffered severe injuries from being forward facing when he could've been rear facing: http://www.car-seat.org/showthread.php?t=59783

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