I really am not trying to beat a dead horse (excuse the American idiom, I normally try not to use them on here). I want to make sure you understand that I am not buying into some conspiracy theory about infant in lap being a danger to your child. So I thought I would point out that I am not the only one that has been writing about how dangerous and unsafe it is for your baby or toddler to travel without any restraints. In case you wanted to hear from an aviation writer, John Goglia. Here are two links to articles published in Forbes, a mainstream publication.
“News reports that a baby flew out of a parent’s arms during a patch of severe turbulence on Monday on United Flight 1676, a Boeing 737, en route from Denver International Airport to Billings, Montana was a chilling reminder that the only safe place for a child during a flight is restrained in his or her own seat. Fortunately, the media reports indicate that the child was not injured. But every child may not be so lucky. As I’ve written before, I have seen first hand the tragic results of a child flying unrestrained.”
“Yes, the FAA, like everyone else in the aviation business, knows that kids are safe flying only when they have their own seat and an approved restraint. The FAA says as much on its Child Safety website. According to the FAA, ‘the safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restrain system (CRS) or device, not on your lap. Your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.” And yet, notwithstanding its own admonition, children under the age of two are not required to be properly restrained when they fly. In the eyes of the law, a parent’s lap is perfectly legal, no matter how unsafe it is.”