Did you know the safest place for your little one during turbulence or an emergency is in a government-approved child restraint system (CRS) or device, not on your lap?
A CRS is a hard-backed child safety seat that is approved by the government for use in both motor vehicles and aircraft.
The FAA has approved one harness-type restraint appropriate for children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds. This type of device provides an alternative to using a hard-backed seat and is approved only for use on aircraft. It is not approved for use in motor vehicles. Learn more about harness-type restraint.
The FAA strongly urges parents and guardians to secure children in an appropriate restraint based on weight and size. Keeping a child in a CRS or device during the flight is the smart and right thing to do.
Print out this section or the brochure (PDF) to take with you when you travel.
View a video that shows proper child seat installation on an airplane.
View a video that shows how to install a CARES child safety device in an aircraft seat.
Be sure the shoulder straps are properly adjusted and fasten the airplane seat belt around the CRS.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using a CRS. FAA recommends that a child weighing:
While booster seats and harness vests enhance safety in vehicles, FAA prohibits passengers from bringing these types of restraints on airplanes for use during taxi, take-off and landing. These restraints should be checked as baggage. Also, supplemental lap restraints or "belly belts" are not approved for use in both airplanes and vehicles in the United States.
FAA controls the approval of some but not all CRSs. Additional information is available on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
Page Last Modified: 08/11/11 13:25 EDT
This page can be viewed online at: http://www.faa.gov/passengers/fly_children/crs/