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Travel Car Seats
There are no requirements that infants or children use a child restraint during airplane travel. However, it is recommended by safety experts that all children be strapped in with an FAA approved five point harness so that they will be protected in case of any air turbulence.
Airplane Car Seat
Infant Travel Car Seat
You will find that laws will vary based on where the airline carrier is based (check each one's website for details).
Rear-facing car seats are not allowed on many European carriers. And, many do not allow infants under 6 mos. to even travel in a car seat. On these airlines, you will be given a special infant seat belt that attaches to your adult belt which is to be used during takeoff and landings. Many carriers have bassinets or special seats that passengers with infants can use if seated in the bulkhead rows.
Booster seats may not be used on an airplane because they are designed to work with a lap and shoulder belt. Your child must fly using the airplane's seatbelt once he or she has outgrown a harness seat. If you need to transport your child's booster seat while flying, consider one that folds so you can carry it onboard and stow it in the overhead bin.
Travel Car Seat
Does your travel car seat count as luggage, or not? Baby car seats and strollers do not count as part of your luggage allowance on most airlines. However, some airlines do count car seats as part of your luggage allowance. Please check with your airline to learn their specific luggage allowance. Keep in mind that domestic and international flights usually have different luggage allowances.
Consider making your car seat a carry on item, even if you don't need to use it for your child during the flight, just to avoid damage in the cargo area and to make sure it gets to your destination with you. Car seats and strollers are considered as "fragile items" by many airlines and therefore will not accept liablity for any damage when checked as baggage.
Make sure your car seat is clearly marked "FAA approved". Below are some recommended options that are aircraft certified:
Britax Companion Infant Car Seat
The Britax Companion features 5-point harness, LATCH connectors that have a easy-to-use push-button release. The adjustable and contoured carrying handle has a soft grip for easy transport. It also has an infinitely adjustable base height to assure a good fit while in your car.
If you are flying to visit relatives you might want to purchase an extra base to leave at your destination rather than having to transport the base via the airlines as well. For more details please visit one of the recommended stores shown above.
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Infant Car Seat
Another aircraft approved infant seat is the Peg Perego Primo Viaggio. In addition it instantly attaches to the Peg Perego stroller. This seat exceeds the most stringent safety standards in the world.
It is designed for infants up to 30 " long and 30 lbs. A new larger Side Impact Protection (SIP) provides additional protection for your child. More information (including some review comments) can be found on this site about the Primo Viaggio Peg Perego.
Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat
Also certified for air travel is the Britax Roundabout Convertible. It has a host of features designed to keep your child safe and comfortable while traveling both in the car or in the air.
This car seat can be positioned facing forward of backward. It has 5-point harness, LATCH system and one-hand recline adjustment. Additional information, reviews and priceing is available on our site at Britax Roundabout Convertible Car Seat.
Travel Car Seat Accessories
While shopping for your travel car seats also check out the accessories that are available to help make your travel experience easier and more pleasureable, such as, straps that allow you to attach your LATCH equipped toddler's car seat to a rolling carry-on suitcase, a car seat travel or protector bag and a water proof seat liner. All are available at our recommended stores above. Be sure and pick these extra items up as you purchase your travel car seat.
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