New website aims to help children stay safe during plane rides

May 16, 2012

Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration and several other aviation and child safety advocacy organizations launched a website to help parents fly safely with their children.

Released to coincide with National Transportation Week (May 14-20), the website encourages parents to use rear-facing child restraint systems for children weighing less than 20 pounds and forward-facing seats for children between 20 and 40 pounds during flights.

Among the tips on the website:

  • Check the restraint’s label to ensure it is approved for flight use and is no wider than 16 inches, the recommended width for an airplane seat.
  • Reserve adjoining seats to be near your child during the flight.
  • Place children in the window seat to ensure the device does not block pathways in the event of an emergency.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents that holding a child in their laps during a flight is unsafe, according to an FAA press release.