ALL parents who have taken their kids on a plane know that comes with stress.
What to do if they cry, how to keep them entertained and what to feed them are just some of the questions parents will ask themselves before boarding a plane.
But another issue is whether it is safe for children to sit on their parents’ laps during the flight.
According to advice from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), parents should let their children sit on their laps during the flight as long as they are under two years old.
They are still required to follow the seat belt policy of the airline they are traveling with.
“Infants under the age of two should be secured whenever a seat belt is indicated,” the CAA said.
“This can be achieved through the use of an airline-supplied safety belt to secure an infant in an adult lap or by using a child safety device, i.e. a seat in the car, or an alternative provided by the airline.
“Passengers traveling with young children should contact their airline to discuss the safest option and ensure that their preferred safety equipment is acceptable and appropriate for the aircraft type.”
If they’re older than two, airlines will require them to have their own seats because they’re bigger and can get injured if they sit on their parents’ lap.
Some airlines provide adults with special seat belts to help keep children in place, like Ryanair.
The belt wraps around a child’s belly and attaches to an adult’s seat belt and must be used when a seat belt sign is on.
Other airlines, such as British Airways, offer carry-on baggage and child seats for infants.
Usually airlines allow parents to bring their own car seat if they like, as long as it’s no larger than 45cm wide and fits the plane seat.
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