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Can/do we have to take a car seat in the cabin of a plane, and does it need to be certified for aircraft use?

febe • 22 Oct 2023

Hey Eli,

My babies are turning 2 and the airline requires that they now need their own seats. Can we take a car seat in the cabin? It is my understanding that cabin car seats need to be airline approved. The babies will be seating alone on their car seats but only if approved by airline.

Eli • 22 Oct 2023

Hey, febe,

About car seats themselves:

"To use it on a flight, the car seat must be approved by either the FAA (the US-based Federal Aviation Administration) or TÜV (a safety certification recognised all over Europe). All car seats which are FAA or TÜV-approved should have a sticker on them saying ‘Certified for use in aircraft’." So, if you do want to take a car seat on an airplane, it does need to be certified for that.

That being said, the answer to 'Does a 2 year old need a car seat to fly?' is no. A two-years-old can sit in a normal seat using the provided seat belt. So you can use your approved car seat OR justsit your two years old without it. Of course, it changes from airline to airline, so if yours requires you to have a car set forthem, then yes, you can and have to bring your own car seats, airline-approved (usually that means 44cm wide or narrower), with you.

The truth is, if the airplane crashes, the car seats won't make a difference, it's more the matter of your preference, for example, if your babies like the car seats, maybe it's the comfier choice and brings a higher possibility for them to nap in there.

Your -very berry- Eli.

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