What if my special needs child is over the 44 lb weight and 40 inch height limitations?

May 25th, 2012

If your special needs child is over the weight/height limitation for which CARES is currently certified, and your child’s medical advisor thinks CARES is an appropriate restraint, you can request an “Exemption” (from current regulations) from the FAA so you can use it. Larger special needs youngsters who are granted this exemption will be seated in the last row of a section of the plane, so no one sits behind the child who might brace against that seat. The FAA exemption will be valid on all US airlines. To request an exemption click on http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2007-0001-0001 and then click “Submit Comment”. Fill out the form, include your request letter, and submit. Step-by-step instructions can be found on the Kids Fly Safe website http://kidsflysafe.com/instructions/cares-for-special-needs-flyers/#cares-letter. You can also contact crs@faa.gov for more information.