First off, I'm the father
of my two kids. (You obviously didn't look at my profile before posting.) Why is it when someone posts something positive about kids it's automatically assumed they're a woman? Just proves your ignorance.
I never said that not having to pay airfare for my child was 'warranted'. As ScottB and Cloudy said, it's the FAA, who after doing extensive research with the NTSB and other government agencies, has said that it's better and safer for a infant to travel by air (even in the lap of a parent). The statistics don't lie.
Is it a relief for me not to have worried about paying for seat for my child? Yes! I agree with what Virgin744 said, most other forms of transportation like buses or trains offer free or significant discounts (like 10% of standard adult fare) to those passengers under two years of age.
Do I give a damn that you paid $150,000 for your college? How dare you compare the amount of money you spent on college or anything to a child, a human being!
I've ranted enough. One of these days may God bless you with a child. At the very least talk to some of your friends/relatives that have children. Offer to babysit. Then you'll see what parents go through. As the old saying goes, "Never judge a man till you've walked a mile in his moccasins."
Looks like those rules you quoted are from the EU, correct? In the USA in most cases for domestic travel the 50% child fare rules only applies to those under two years of age. Children 3 to 12 pay full fare.
was mis-informed. Like I said in my earlier post, I've had my infant children in car seats many times. My wife and I have never been told that we had to hold our infant in our laps during takeoff, taxi, or landing. In fact, the FAA strongly recommends that you purchase a separate seat to use a child restraint for an infant. The FAA wouldn't make this recommendation then say that the child needs to be in their parent's lap during takeoff, landing, or whatever.