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    Air travel with special needs

    I have an 8 year old with special needs who is currently riding in a snugseat pilot. So it is a booster with a harness in it. It is not approved for airplane use. We will also be traveling once we land. She is not able to sit safely in an airplane seat without at least a booster. Will they let me use a booster for her on the plane if I check her actual seat? Or what other options do I have? She is on the smaller side only weighing 45 lbs not sure for height but on the short side.

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    Re: Air travel with special needs

    At 45 pounds I'd make the parental choice to go one pound over the CARES limit and use that on board, packing your seat in the original box and checking it that way. Or perhaps using a Ride Safer Travel Vest at your destination.

    Boosters are not FAA approved because they require shoulder belts. So you won't be able to use one on board at all because they're lap belts only.

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    Re: Air travel with special needs

    CARES is actually approved for use over the weight lmit for children with special needs who need it for positioning support. You just have to get a letter, it's a one-time process. Here's more info:
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