What Experts Say
The NTSB recommends that all occupants be restrained during take off, landing and turbulent conditions and that all infants and small children be restrained in a manner appropriate to their size.
-The National Transportation Safety Board
Testing has shown that aircraft seat belts alone do not adequately protect children younger than three years. All children should travel properly restrained on aircraft…a child is best protected when properly restrained in a child seat system appropriate for the age, weight and height of the child, and meeting the standards for aircraft, until the child weighs more than 40 lbs.
-The American Academy of Pediatrics
According to Title 14 of the Code Of Federal Regulations, under the provisions in parts 121, 125, and 135, no certificate holder (US registered airline) may prohibit a child from using an approved CRS (child restraint system) when the parent/guardian purchases a ticket for the child.
-FAA Advisory Circular 120-87B Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft page 7, Section 10 f,
issued September 17, 2010
The Federal Aviation Administration strongly urges you to secure your child in an appropriate restraint based on weight and size. Turbulence can happen with little or no warning. And when it does, the safest place for your child is in a Certified Restraint System.
-The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
All children 40 lbs and under should be in child safety seats on airplanes.
-The National Safe Kids Campaign