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Safety airline travel tips for parents

Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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Summertime is a good time for families to travel visiting friends and relatives or to go on a vacation. When traveling by air, USA Safe Kids and the Federal Aviation Association FAA  have travel safety tips for parents to follow.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and FAA have some safety tips for parents to follow to make sure their flying experience is fun and safe. Parents should make sure to use an approved child restraint system (CRS). Since turbulence while flying is a common  problem, the Federal Aviation Administration advises parents to keep their small children protected in the appropriate restraint for their age and size. These restraint systems are safer for a child than in a parent's arms.

Parents should check to make sure the child restraint system is approved by the federal government and is certified to be used in motor vehicles or on aircraft. If it is not approved, the airline may require you to put the CRS in the baggage section.

An approved CRS should measure no wider than 16 inches so that it fits in most airplane seats. Some airlines may give a discount of up to 50% for children less than two years old. When reserving your space be aware that the CRS will be placed in a window seat so it doesn't block the escape path in an emergency and request adjoining seats.

The FAA suggests asking the airline for assistance in making connecting flights, since it is difficult to move quickly through busy airports with children, luggage, and a CRS.

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