Flying with 6 year old


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Is just the airplane seatbelt safe for a 6 almost-7 year old? She is too heavy for the CARES harness and boosters are not allowed on planes. Thoughts?


CPSDarren - Admin
Staff member
Right- the risk on airplanes is turbulance, rather than a crash like in a car. So, once kids are around 4 years and 40 pounds or so, the airplane seat lap belt should be sufficient to keep them from being thrown from their seat in turbulence. Of course, if they are prone to releasing themselves in an airplane seat or if you have other concerns, a harnessed car seat rated for airplane travel may be the better option.


CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
Another consideration is what you intend to use on the other end. If you intend to use a harnessed seat, use it on the plane to protect it from damage. Otherwise, carry on the booster or have one waiting at the other end.

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