VERIFY: Is it dangerous for babies to sit in laps on planes?

Traveling with children takes a lot of planning, especially when you have an infant or toddler. Most airlines say you can hold your child if they're under the age of 2 years old, but is it dangerous?

Traveling with children takes a lot of planning, especially when you have an infant or toddler. Most airlines say you can hold your child if they're under the age of 2 years old, but is it dangerous?

Our Verify Team took a closer look, and here’s what we found:

  • Most airlines do let you hold your child if they are under 2 years old.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration says it encourages the use of child restraint systems on planes.
  • However, it also argues that making it mandatory to buy a seat for your baby or toddler might make families drive for a long distance instead, which the government says is more dangerous than flying.

Other information to consider:

  • All children must be restrained in cars.
  • Highway speeds may average 75 mph.
  • Airplanes travel at an average of 500 mph and can encounter turbulence at any time.

VERIFY: Resources

FAA- Flying With Children 

 

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