Diono on airplane

Barbara

New member
Hi, I was thinking of using our Radian RXT for our next trip, kid will be almost 3, still RF in the car but I would FF her on the plane. The Dionos are not on your list of recommended travel seats, I'm guessing it's because they are heavy? But if we have a travelmate Strap to attach it to the carry on suitcase (see attached picture), does it solve the heavy weight problem? I think it's even narrow enough to drag it in the air plane aisle right? Any other reason I'm not thinking about why not to use a Radian as a travel seat?

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ketchupqueen

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They don't work rear-facing on most planes, and they're heavy, and converting from rf to ff and back is difficult and sometimes frustrating. But if you're cool with all that- they work great on a plane ff, and even allow full use of the tray, are a breeze to install (though the buckle will end up right behind the kid mine didn't mind) and they are much more comfortable to sit next to than a larger seat.
 

Barbara

New member
Yeah, I feel like being able to use the tray table is an important point no? I was thinking of maybe getting a NEXT or a Contender, but the fact that I could not use the tray table worries me, it would be to fly to Europe
 

ketchupqueen

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Basically, most will. If it gets uncomfortable I'm cool with adding a bit of padding with a blanket or sweater or something, on a plane.
 

Dillipop

Well-known member
Also I think almost all seats (except the Contender) will have the buckle in the kids back right?

The nice thing about the radians, unless they've changed it since I last had one, is that the cover has a piece of plastic sewn on the back at the ffing belt path. It makes it more comfortable to have the belt there than other seats with nothing.
 

krasota

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I wouldn't put it on a carry-on like that. Seems like a good way to bend the metal rods in the handle of the case. We use an inexpensive folding luggage cart, which fits underneath the seat in front of us, under a diaper bag or carry-on. I do like it because it's easy to sit next to and my daughter can use the tray table. It doesn't take me long to switch the harness--I can usually get that done while waiting for our checked luggage to come to the conveyor. I carry-on the RF boot and sometimes the Diono adjuster foam pad in a tote bag which also fits my older kid's backless booster. We tend to fly SW, so that serves as one of our carry-ons and my big kid can handle it, no problem, in addition to a small backpack.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
I don't think it's a MUST but it's a big benefit. If you have the seat and are willing to haul it you'll appreciate the use of the tray table. (I wouldn't buy one just for a trip but when I had them you can bet that's what I used on plane trips.)
 

Barbara

New member
Otherwise would those work well on the plane, to draw, eat'play and replace the tray table? Anyone has tried?
 

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ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
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I wouldn't bother lugging that. It may not fit if you have a larger seat... And many seats can at least use the tray partially down if they are a bit taller. You might not even be able to stow it properly during takeoff and landing (when it wouldn't be allowed) so it could get taken away, and it would eat into your carryon/personal item allowance.
 

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