Rf or FF on airplane?



It's the first time LO will be using her car seat on the plane and I'm not sure how we go about installing it. Is rf safer on a plane? Does it matter? She's 2 and rf in the car. Is this how we install it on the plane? Will it fit that way? Any special tricks to get it right or is it just like how we do it in the car? We have an Evenflo Tribute 5. We don't want to be holding up the plane trying to figure out how it works--or being told it's supposed to be ff, just b/c we don't know.

Any help is appreciated!


New member
What does she weigh? HOw long of a flight?

If she is more than 20 lbs, it is really your call. I have read plenty of people on here that they do FF their child on a plane.

For us, I RFed my dd when she was almost 3 on a 6 hr overnight flight - so she could be more comfy. But for a 30 minute flight, I put her FFing because it was easier.


Admin - CPS Technician
As long as she fits within the seat's guidelines for rear-facing, you can install it that way. On the same note, she must fit within the guidelines to be able to put it forward-facing. If you want to install it RF and it won't fit, the airline has to move you to a different seat in the same class to try to accommodate you. The flight attendants probably won't know that, though, so read this: http://carseatblog.com/8037/guest-blog-flying-with-a-car-seat-know-your-rights/

That said, while rear-facing is safer, I feel it matters less on an airplane where the main hazard is likely to be turbulence. I'm flying next month with my 2-year-old and she'll be FF because I doubt her seat will fit RF anywhere, plus I'm just not that concerned.

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