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Child Safety Seats on Planes: New Recommendation from FAA

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Aviation Administration recommended Tuesday that children weighing 40 pounds or less sit in FAA-approved child safety seats when flying.

"The safest place for a child on an airplane is in one of these seats, and not in the parent's lap," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt at a Washington, D.C., press conference. The Association of Flight Attendants also joined in the recommendation.

In addition to the air travel safety implications, the FAA flight safety suggestion also means added cost for families with children under two wishing to follow the recommendation. Current rules allow children under the age of two to fly for free if they sit on the lap of an adult passenger.

While the FAA says it is safest for children under the age of two to sit in their own seats, the administration is not making this a requirement because it argues that the extra cost may push families to drive to their destinations instead of flying. The FAA maintains that a child is safer on a plane, even if sitting on a lap, than in a car.

Veda Shook, the president of the flight attendants' association, said if families have already purchased tickets for upcoming trips, and did not purchase tickets for their young children, parents can still bring their children's car seats to the gate. If there are extra seats available on the airplane, the seats may be used for the child's car seat. If there isn't any additional seating room, the child seat can be checked at the gate for no extra charge.

If a child's car seat is approved by the FAA for air travel, it should be noted on the side of the seat. Booster seats without seat backs are not approved for air travel.

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