I’ve talked about flight attendants wanting permanent mask mandates and no food or drinks onboard. Turn outs out there is another issue that I was previously unaware of: flight attendants also want lap infants banned.
Flight Attendants Want Lap Infants Banned (Requiring Babies To Have Their Own Seat)
In her testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations and Innovation, the Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson also warned of the dangers of lap infants:
If you visit the FAA’s website today, you would learn that federal safety officials consider the use of child restraint seats (CRS) the safest way for infants and small children to fly. The website is explicit that “[y]our arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.” However, the use of CRS remains a recommendation, 20 years after the American Academy of Pediatrics first called on the FAA to require CRS. Infants and children under the age of two continue to fly on laps without their own seat. It is past time to mandate flight protection for our youngest passengers, and as we consider social distancing and mask concerns it is certainly time to implement this regulation for the safety of our smallest passengers and everyone on board with them.
Admittedly, I had no idea the was even an issue. I get her point…but like so much in life, it seems to be a risk/benefit analysis and the cost of purchasing an extra seat for an infant might 1.) only add a marginal safety improvement and 2.) be financially burdensome or even prohibitive on families traveling with children.
Discerning the cost versus safety value is not something I am competent to do here, but I am interested in a discussion.
Do any of you, dear readers, actually buy an extra seat for your infant so that s/he can be placed in a CRS?
I will say that I’m fairly confident I can carefully hold my 11-month-old daughter in the case of turbulence, even severe turbulence…
The president of the nation’s most powerful flight attendant union has called for a lap infants ban, noting that it is unsafe. Does she have a point or is the risk simply not worth the cost and other safety concerns of placing infants in their own seat?