Should we bring our car seat on to the plane?
September 15, 2010 4:01 PM Subscribe
One toddler, one 4-hour flight. Bring the car seat on board or not?
posted by otherwordlyglow to travel & transportation (29 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We're flying next week with our 2 (+ 3months) year old. We're bringing a car seat since we need it at our destination but I'm unsure whether it's better to use it on the plane or to check it. I guess safety is one concern but I'm also wondering if she would prefer sitting in the seat and therefore have more likelihood of maybe, oh god, please, taking a nap on the flight. Also, is it easier to manage a toddler with the car seat in place?
She'll be with me and my husband, it's a domestic American Airlines flight during the day. We have the 3-across row assigned to us. It's a Cosco Scenera seat that she's perfectly happy in in my husband's car so it's a familiar environment. We've flown with her before but it's been awhile and this is the longest flight we've ever done.
Of course, any other tips to make our lives, and the lives of the passengers around us, easier would be appreciated.