Cares Spring/Summer 2010 Newsletter
Hi CARES Friends, Old and New!
Summer is rolling around, families are preparing to fly, and CARES is available to make traveling with kids easy all over the world – throughout the US and Canada, in Europe, Australia, parts of Asia, and now even in South Africa. We hope you’ll take the time to read this newsletter and catch up with us. We also hope you’ll send us a quick email to let us know in what stores in your neighborhood CARES should be sold!
FLYER RIGHTS: A New Organization That Speaks For All Of Us Who Fly
www.FlyersRights.org was founded by Kate Hanni who, several years ago, was caught in a horrendously long wait on the airport tarmac in a plane that ran out of food, water, and workable toilets. After years of crusading, she recently succeeded in getting the US Congress to pass a law that limits the time before passengers must be escorted back to the terminal. Achieving this important objective is a start toward “humanizing” flying. But it needs our support to go further, and we think our cause – safety for kids on airplanes – should be the next one addressed!
“Every person on the aircraft, adult and child, deserves a safe seat” should be a fundamental rule of flying. Airlines should be required to hand out a CARES to very small people just as they are now required to hand out an extender belt to very large ones! Let Kate hear from you – and let’s put our issue on the legislative table: Kids pay the same airplane fare as adults and deserve an equal level of protection!
FLYING WITH MULTIPLES? Check Out the New Website Landing Page
Twins? Triplets? Quadruplets? To make it easier for parents, the www.kidsflysafe.com website has a new page for parents of multiples. The page includes a podcast by the organization “Matters of Multiples” that records a conversation with the inventor of CARES, and a discount code for multiple purchases.
We’re also hoping you’ll send us your adorable photos of twins and triplets in CARES to post on our website!
KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
If you or someone you know is flying with a child who has special needs – autism, physical disabilities, etc. and requires the use and support of a CARES beyond the current 44 lb limit, the FAA has simplified the application process. A single application will provide a permit good for multiple trips. Contact us or check out our new special needs page (under “How to Use CARES” on the homepage of our website).
ARE YOU A CARES USER WHO LIVES IN THE UK?
CARES is gaining traction in the UK. Several articles have appeared recently in the UK media, and several thousand CARES have already been sold. For more information, check out our new UK web page, the list of UK retailers selling CARES on the “Where to Buy” page of our website, and the articles that are appearing in the UK media.
IF YOU LIVE IN THE UK, WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE USING CARES!
Tell us which airlines were helpful and which were not – and of course, send us a photo of your child in CARES to post on the new UK web page.
HOW TO ASK IF CARES IS ALLOWED
Turns out there is an art to the question! We get occasional complaints that a few large airlines persist in not letting CARES on their planes – Lufthansa, ANA and JAL among them. Yet some CARES users have flown on all of them with no trouble at all. It seems to help if you ask the question this way: “Do you recognize and accept the safety certification of the US FAA for child restraints? ” Please let us know what your experience has been with these airlines.
Regarding Lufthansa, we have also had complaints that the seat belts themselves cannot be pulled tight enough to keep a small child securely fastened. Please let us know if you have encountered this problem.
EVER WONDERED HOW AND WHEN PEOPLE STARTED TO WORRY ABOUT CHILD RESTRAINTS?
The first installment of a five-part “History of Child Restraints in Vehicles” has just been posted on the www.kidsflysafe.com website. The paper was first given at the American Public Transportation Association Annual meeting in Washington DC, then updated for the Safe Kids Ohio Safety Conference.
Check it out! You’ll be amazed at how your parents and grandparents traveled! Please don’t forget…
If there are stores in your neighborhood that you think are a good fit to sell CARES, please let us know!
And please continue to send us your “kids in CARES” photos and your personal stories of flying with children.
Regards to all, and have a happy and healthy 2010. Stay cool if you’re above the equator, and warm if you are below!