The Essentials

What to Do with Children Under 2 on Airplanes

If you’re flying with a child under the age of two years, the FAA still permits you to hold the child during the flight and doesn’t require you to provide a separate seat for your kid.

But this is an issue on the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) 10 most wanted list of safety problems that need immediate correction.

The NTSB, after investigating dozens of survivable crashes, determined that lap kids need their own seats or they become human missiles, much like you would if you aren’t wearing your seat belt in a car.

And the NTSB has been making this urgent request of safety regulators for many years.

My advice is don’t wait for the FAA to act. Be a responsible parent and put your young child in an approved car seat next to you every time you fly.