MrMcCoy
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Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 4:47 am

I've been travelling in the skies for decades and like to think I know the commercial industry quite well.. after all, it pays the bills. However, I've never flown with my toddler daughter before and surprisingly there's a few questions to which I don't have the answer to. Perhaps some of you more seasoned travellers-with-kids can help me out.

In December, my family and I will be flying (with 2 year old kid in tow) on an American Airlines 757 nonstop to Newark from Los Angeles. I know plenty about child safety and seats in aircraft, but it appears after some research that car seats are actually wider than the seats of AA's 757 Y class. In two calls to American airlines, I was told that the seat width of the AA 757 in Economy is 17", yet I havn't seen a single children's seat manufactured (FAA approved) that fits within this. We use a Britax Marathon forward-facing seat, and I'm fairly certain that it's close to, if not wider than the AA 757 Y class seat.

Nobody at American's reservations department seems to be willing to give us more information or assistance for planning ahead, even considering my elite AA frequent flyer status.

We need your help! Do you have any feedback or assistance? I was hoping a flight attendant for American Airlines or perhaps a seasoned family traveller could help us out. Thank you!
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arunswami
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:42 am

I've never seen a car seat brought to an airplane to seat toddlers. I've seen lots of kids - infants, toddlers etc either in the basinets in the bulkhead row or kids sitting on parents laps during flights.
 
MrMcCoy
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:45 am

If she's too small to be lap or plain-seat seated in a car, then she's too small to fly without a seat.
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:47 am

Quoting MrMcCoy (Thread starter):
In December, my family and I will be flying (with 2 year old kid in tow) on an American Airlines 757 nonstop to Newark from Los Angeles. I know plenty about child safety and seats in aircraft, but it appears after some research that car seats are actually wider than the seats of AA's 757 Y class. In two calls to American airlines, I was told that the seat width of the AA 757 in Economy is 17", yet I havn't seen a single children's seat manufactured (FAA approved) that fits within this. We use a Britax Marathon forward-facing seat, and I'm fairly certain that it's close to, if not wider than the AA 757 Y class seat.

I have a 10 and a 7 year old. Both have flown back and forth between the SFO area and LIM since they were born, and everything from being held in our arms (only the oldest, the second we bought seats for always), to a multitude of different car seats.
NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. And yes, the 757 was one of the aircraft flown. I suppose if the seat is, indeed, wider than the aircraft seat, you can raise the armrest and have your child's seat intrude into yours.
Oh, and the only airline we've flown is AA. And if they don't let you take the child seat, they have a problem in their hands.
Good luck.
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FLY2LIM
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:49 am

Quoting Arunswami (Reply 1):
I've never seen a car seat brought to an airplane to seat toddlers. I've seen lots of kids - infants, toddlers etc either in the basinets in the bulkhead row or kids sitting on parents laps during flights.

Not sure what aircraft you've been on. I've seen many, sometimes many in one flight.

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MrMcCoy
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:55 am

Im actually surprised how much flak I've taken on this issue from friends and family as well. Am I the only one who is concerned with my child's safety in flight? True, accidents don't happen often but that's still no reason to flirt with danger. Even rough turbulence can threaten child's safety, and the lack of strength and bulk in their legs and waist make lap belts almost entirely inneffective.

So about my question--any feedback on the dimensions of the seats and fitting a child seat into it properly?
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arunswami
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:00 am

Quoting FLY2LIM (Reply 4):
Not sure what aircraft you've been on. I've seen many, sometimes many in one flight

Mostly transatlantic and asia flights.

Quoting MrMcCoy (Reply 5):
Im actually surprised how much flak I've taken on this issue from friends and family as well. Am I the only one who is concerned with my child's safety in flight? True, accidents don't happen often but that's still no reason to flirt with danger. Even rough turbulence can threaten child's safety, and the lack of strength and bulk in their legs and waist make lap belts almost entirely inneffective.

MrMcoy - your concern is very valid.
 
MrMcCoy
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RE: Child Seats On American Airlines Aircraft

Sat Sep 09, 2006 6:04 am

I've seen and participated in threads here where people just don't seem all that concerned or are more willing to save a buck than incur the slight inconvenience of hauling the safety seat onboard.

They've got some terrific seats at Skymall with the pull wheels, so you don't have the manually lug it around.
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