Wednesday, 29 September 2021

collapseall Are children on commercial flights required to be in child restraint systems?

The Civil Aviation Organization does not require the use of child restraint systems on commercial airplanes because a mandate would require parents to purchase an extra airline ticket for their child, forcing some families who can't afford the extra ticket to buy, choose other ways such as cars or trains to travel.
However, it is strongly recommended to use a child restraint system or an alternative approved device based on a child's weight. Airlines currently allow children under the age of two to fly free of charge as "lap children," not the safest way for a child to travel. Many airlines offer half-price tickets so parents can be guaranteed that their child can travel in a child restraint system or other devices. Parents should contact their airline to ask for a discount or ask what the airline's policy is for using empty seats.