There’s a debate going on that some flights should be child-free (I’ve heard before the obese-free idea so I’m not that surprised…) but let’s not get there yet. Instead, I got interested in this NY Times article looking at the pros and cons of under 2 year olds traveling on their parent’s lap. As opposed to being secured somehow on a passenger seat, which would require buying an additional ticket for the traveling family.
From a safety standpoint, the Federal Aviation Administration clearly states that the best way is for a baby to be in a child restraint system ie some sort of an approved car seat. We used to travel around with an ugly one when Marcelo was little (and we usually got lucky to find him a spare seat, otherwise we would fold the seat in the above compartment). I’m pleased to see there are now better options on the market, such as this one from CARES
From a comfort standpoint, we’ve gone through the debate of whether Amalya should have a seat during our round the world. She’ll be turning 2 in the last 2 weeks of our trip. I can manage having her on my laps on the short-haul flights, but it would be tough on those London-Rio or Auckland-Santiago portions…So we’ve decided to compromise and get her a ticket only for the long-haul flights and Trailfinders got us the best deal around.
Read here for more. Illustration from Otto Steiniger, courtesy of NYT