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Why FAA Prohibit Baby Bjorn For Takeoff & Landing?

Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:37 pm

My wife and I took our 10 week old baby on her first flight. The question is simple, why does the FAA prohibit the use of a baby carrier such as a Baby Bjorn during takeoff and landing? It made us very upset because we thought it would be safer. God forbid there be some kind of emergency, it would keep the baby strapped to us rather than becoming a projectile and if we did need to exit the aircraft, you can just unbuckle yourself and get up and go. Does anyone know the reasoning behind this?

BTW, we flew on UA from ORD to MCO on a 752 and were upgraded to First thanks to my wife's premier status. The service was outstanding, the food was good and the seats were very comfortable. The upgrade made our first flight with our first child so easy, thank you United! Thanks also for the warm cookies and cold milk!
 
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RE: Why FAA Prohibit Baby Bjorn For Takeoff & Land

Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:03 pm

Simple answer...because it has not been tested and approved for use as a restraint device by the FAA.

The manufacturer probably doesn't want to incur the costs associated with such approval, and I doubt it would pass anyways. The only reason the FAA/DOT allows lap children at all is to prevent more parents from driving.
 
Charlienoble
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RE: Why FAA Prohibit Baby Bjorn For Takeoff & Land

Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:19 pm

Quoting nws2002 (Reply 1):
Simple answer...because it has not been tested and approved for use as a restraint device by the FAA.

The manufacturer probably doesn't want to incur the costs associated with such approval, and I doubt it would pass anyways. The only reason the FAA/DOT allows lap children at all is to prevent more parents from driving.

Absolutely asinine logically, isn't it? You can hold onto a baby with your untested and uncertified arms, but if you want to use those same arms while also having the baby STRAPPED to you the strapping mechanism would have to be tested and certified.

It's obvious that the baby's actual survivability in a crash is not the issue here. As NWS2002 said, it's about how they are statistically less likely to suffer a catastrophic event on an airliner than on the road. And product liability concerns in the case of the Bjorn.

I imagine many parents couldn't hold onto a lap baby in a 9G deceleration.
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rfields5421
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RE: Why FAA Prohibit Baby Bjorn For Takeoff & Land

Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:43 pm

One reason may be that the adult with the child strapped to his/her chest might not be able to fit through the over wing emergency exits.
 
SNLH
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RE: Why FAA Prohibit Baby Bjorn For Takeoff & Land

Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:52 am

Wouldn't the baby also be squeezed when the impact of the crash pushed the parent towards their knees and thus squeezing the baby ?

I remember an air crash investigation episode on natgeo where the FA was very happy there was no crash because she told the mother to put the baby on the floor as that was their procedure.
 
signol
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RE: Why FAA Prohibit Baby Bjorn For Takeoff & Land

Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:32 am

We've flown a lot with our son, now 19 months old. Some airlines require us to use a baby seatbelt, that attaches him to one of us, whereas other airlines prohibit this, saying that in the event of an incident it is better for the baby to be more "flexible" by being held in the parents' arms...

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