Are Lap Infants Unsafe On Airplanes?

The FAA and AAP recommend that babies have their own flight seats, but there's no existing regulation. Some flight attendants want to change that.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
March 28, 2023

Flight attendants are calling for a ban on airlines allowing children 2 years old and younger to sit on laps during flights. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) believes that this practice is unsafe and can lead to injury in the event of turbulence.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) states on its website that the safest place for a child under two is in an approved child restraint system (CRS) in their seat. The AFA has been pushing for this ban for over 30 years, citing the United Airlines crash in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989, where an unrestrained infant was killed. Flight attendants, like Susan White, have testified before Congress in order to bring awareness to this issue.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that babies have their own seat on flights for safety reasons. This, however, would put an increased financial burden on traveling families, especially lower-income families. A family with two kids under two would double their transportation cost for a family vacation, significantly limiting their options.

Read more (via Romper)

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