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    Flying Briitsh Airways with a 3-year old

    Thought I'd add to the "what to do on an airplane" posts.

    I'm flying trans-Atlantic tomorrow with my 3 1/2 year old DS who is 46 lbs and 42 inches. On the British Airways website it says they accept kids in car seats to the age of 3 max. I'd been planning on using our Radian (one of the main reasons I got a Radian was for flying!) on the flight thereby eliminating concerns of how to avoid desk checking the seat.

    So now I have 2 questions.

    Does anyone have any experience with BA and using car seats for bigger kids? Could I try to bring the seat onboard and use it anyway?

    If I do have to gate check, what are your recommendations for packing?

    I definitely need the seat at the other end and won't be able to find any suitable alternative here in Europe which would fit the bill. To make things more complicated, we're connecting flights in London, so I would have to try to win over 2 sets of crews.
    What would you do?
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    Re: Flying Briitsh Airways with a 3-year old

    A bit late, but a folded Radian might fit in the overhead bin...
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    Re: Flying Briitsh Airways with a 3-year old

    Quote Originally Posted by ketchupqueen View Post
    A bit late, but a folded Radian might fit in the overhead bin...
    This was my first thought.
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    Re: Flying Briitsh Airways with a 3-year old

    Thanks for the suggestion.
    My conclusion is that I'm super impressed with BA's service and in love all over again with the Radian. Since people didn't register what I was carrying, I just walked onto the plane, installed the seat in a snap Airbus 319 on the way to London) whilst DS stood in front of the seat. The only challenge was the headrest which I had to squish all the way up and then wedged the seat under. The fit was good and DS was super comfortable.
    On the transAtlantic leg, the flight attendant actually stopped by and asked if the install had been done by a flight attendant or checked by one. She then did a pretty thorough job of double checking the fit.

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