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Expert Warns Against Flying With Infant In Arms

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — If you’re flying with a baby or small child this holiday season, take note: there is new pressure on the FAA to require that all children have their own seats on airplanes.

durbin dennis r Expert Warns Against Flying With Infant In ArmsDr. Dennis Durbin (right) is a pediatrician at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“It is clearly not the way that anyone who knows anything about safe transportation of children would recommend that children travel with their parents,” Durbin told KYW Newsradio on Thursday.

Durbin says there’s no question that kids on airplanes are safer when securely fastened in their own seats — even though federal law does not require it.

“Why should we treat children differently than we treat the adult passengers on the aircraft?” he wondered aloud.  “That, philosophically, doesn’t make any sense to me.”

A special transportation committee is now urging the FAA to reconsider the current policy.

Reported by Margie Smith, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • Me

    Easily solved. Do as Scandinavian Airlines… offer a safety belt that is strapped around the baby while sitting in the adults lap and strapped to that persons belt. NOBODY will have the strength to hold an infant if a airplane has to break in an emergency – they will fly like a stamp weather we want it or not. None of us is a superman or superwomen that can handle that kind of power. It is outrageous that children is not considered a part of the security onboard airplanes. ALL airlines should be able to offer this security and safety.

  • paul hoyer

    This expert has money to burn. Drive to grandmother versus fly. Carseat in car. Parent arms in airplane. Plane trip is safer. Perhaps our expert would like to ban cigarettes and gasoline (but not diesel) cars. It would save more lives.

  • Hanson

    This article doesn’t give any useful information to determine if this is a good policy. I’d like to know the rate of injury for babies on planes in total, and then for those in their own seat versus their caregivers’ arms. What’s the level of risk they’re trying to mitigate? Every activity has a risk, and parents are an easy target for fear mongering.

  • Anonymous

    Just like in passenger cars, I hope that parents travelling with young children will have the same car seat requirements. Either the parents will bring their own, or they can rent one from the airline for the flight. It’s going to be interesting how this will be handled.

  • Rick

    I hope the FAA requires passengers to buy a ticket for infants..It may not be fun to pay for a ticket for a baby but it would save thier life.

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