The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is now recommending that parents strap their children in when they take them on a plane. While it’s just a recommendation for now, it could become a requirement for families traveling with small babies to put them in a child seat. That of course would require the purchase of an additional seat.
It’s not the child’s size and weight that is of concern. Officials worry about what happens when the plane moves suddenly. According to a safety alert issued today by the NTSB, the worry is turbulence and survivable crashes. Severe turbulence can be equally as traumatic as a minor car crash. If a parent is wearing a seatbelt, the child can be out of their hands in an instant and the injuries can be severe.
Unrestrained children have become separated from their parents during survivable crashes and their parents were unable to locate their children during evacuations.
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