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    CPS Technician Belle's Mamma's Avatar
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    Jan 2008

    FAA info about ERF

    I just flew on ATA w/ my 2yo (24lbs & 32") in her Britax Marathon and ran into 2 problems.
    1) Our MA didn't fit RF in the plane in our assigned seats
    2) The flight attendant told me that it was against FAA regulations for her to be RFing when i asked for a bulkhead seat. this is the 2nd time I've had a FA tell me that DD was not allowed to RF due to her size (last time she was only 13mo & 20lbs).

    The flight addendant was very nice but she was addament that DD would not be allowed to RF even if the MA had fit per FAA regulations.

    Is this true? I believe we're flying home on a different plane and I'm not comfortable haveing her FF.

    Can anyone help me?

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    Moderator MomToEliEm's Avatar
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    Re: FAA info about ERF

    Print out these two documents for your return flight:

    Official FAA guidelines on carseats on planes:

    New FAA clarification memo on carseats on planes:

    With them, you shouldn't have issues with the carseat, provided you are on an American airline and not flying internationally.

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    Admin - CPS Technician joolsplus3's Avatar
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    Re: FAA info about ERF

    I've seen where there is a prohibition against installing a carseat on a rearfacing plane seat, which of course makes sense, but then flight attendants get confused and insist that an RF carseat is not allowed. Those links the PP posted should help a lot, though.
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