Keeping Kids Safe During Air Travel
MADISON - A child safety expert at American Family Children's Hospital is asking parents with children under age 2 to use a child safety seat this vacation season if they plan to travel by air.
The suggestion comes after this week's incident on a London-to-Los Angeles flight in which six people were hospitalized after the plane encountered severe turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing in Montreal.
"With several people injured in this incident, it brings to light the impossibility of a parent being able to securely hold their infant in their arms during this type of turbulence," says Jim Savage, manager of the Kohl's Safety Center at American Family Children's Hospital.
While parents are permitted to hold children under age 2 on their laps during a flight, the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board recommend the safest place for children in turbulence or an emergency is in an approved child-restraint system or device, not on an adult's lap.
When traveling with children in an aircraft, Savage says it's best for parents to:
- Buy a ticket for all children younger than 2 and restrain them in a child safety seat or system certified for use on the aircraft and appropriate for the child's size
- Ensure all children are properly restrained during takeoff, landing, and turbulent conditions, or when the seat belt sign is illuminated
Date Published: 05/27/2010