2. Using Only a Seat Belt
Once over the age of 2, all kids are required to have their own seat. Fair enough, but is a lap belt enough to secure them in case of turbulence? Not really. The FAA has another crash test video here:
Securing a toddler in their own seat is an easy fix. The CARES Airplane Safety Harness is the only FAA-approved device that turns an airplane seat belt into a shoulder harness.
It looks more complicated than it is. Just slip the loop around your seat—but it will require an awkward conversation with the person behind you to lower their tray table for a moment. Then insert the seat belt into the lower loops of the harness. Presto, you have straps that go over their little shoulders, latches over their chest, and the seat belt clips into place.
You don’t *have* to keep the harness over their shoulders at all times, but it’s recommended during takeoff and landing.
Not all flight attendants are familiar with the device. Assure them that it’s FAA-approved and that they can find it in their flight manual.
(Note: The image to the right doesn’t reflect the correct use of the harness. The straps should be tighter around his chest and the seat loop lower down.)