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Friday, February 8, 2019

infants on laps on planes

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has just released its annual "most wanted" list - for safety improvements across planes, trains, and automobiles. This year, the NTSB is urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to stop allowing lap children - kids under two who fly for free in their parent's lap on most airlines and require that young infants and babies have their own seat. This is not the first time they have made this recommendation; they asked for similar infant airline regulations in 2017, 2016, and 2014, to no avail. The NTSB believe the "most vulnerable passengers" get their own seat, expressing concerns that infants are "at risk of serious injury and death" if turbulence strikes and they're not secured in their own seat mid-flight. "With turbulence, the automatic reaction of the parent, of anyone, is to brace. And that means the infant is temporarily let go," says NTSB board member Earl Weener. condé nast traveler

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