Airplane install

LuBaby16

New member
We will be flying with our 21 month old soon. We have an Evenflo Symphony LX. The user manual says is it FAA approved for use with the 5 point harness but it gives no information about installing it in an airplane. Do I install it forward facing? Also, if anyone has any other tips or info for airplane travel with a toddler and a car seat, I would absolutely appreciate any input. :)
 

LISmama810

Admin - CPS Technician
Read this blog post and print the pertinent info: http://carseatblog.com/8037/guest-blog-flying-with-a-car-seat-know-your-rights/

As long as your child meets the weight/height criteria, you can install it in whichever direction you'd like. At 21 months, I would still rear-face in the car, but I'd be ok forward-facing on the plane. (I'd also be fine rear-facing on the plane--just saying it depends on your comfort level and whether your child meets the minimums or hasn't exceeded the maximums.)

You would install the seat with the lap belt on the plane, so look at the instructions for installing with a lap belt in the car.

If you install it forward-facing, sometimes it's hard to undo the belt because of the way you have to lift the lever on plane belts. I can't remember what kind of belt path that seat has, but you can either flip the latch plate over before you buckle, or you can ask for a belt extender.
 

LuBaby16

New member
Read this blog post and print the pertinent info: http://carseatblog.com/8037/guest-blog-flying-with-a-car-seat-know-your-rights/

As long as your child meets the weight/height criteria, you can install it in whichever direction you'd like. At 21 months, I would still rear-face in the car, but I'd be ok forward-facing on the plane. (I'd also be fine rear-facing on the plane--just saying it depends on your comfort level and whether your child meets the minimums or hasn't exceeded the maximums.)

You would install the seat with the lap belt on the plane, so look at the instructions for installing with a lap belt in the car.

If you install it forward-facing, sometimes it's hard to undo the belt because of the way you have to lift the lever on plane belts. I can't remember what kind of belt path that seat has, but you can either flip the latch plate over before you buckle, or you can ask for a belt extender.
Thank you for the link. It sounds like airplanes and car seats are pretty daunting :/ I'm gonna be a nervous wreck! Lol :)
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
It's really not hard, and I've only once had any questions asked, really. If it fits, I'd rear-face a child under 2 on the plane, for sure.
 

LISmama810

Admin - CPS Technician
It's really not hard, and I've only once had any questions asked, really. If it fits, I'd rear-face a child under 2 on the plane, for sure.
I've only had trouble rear-facing once. It's good to be prepared, though.

I agree that at 21 months I'd personally rear-face if I could, but I wouldn't put up a fight at that point if it became an issue.
 

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