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Carrying a Baby
This not a joke but I have always been curious. During take off and landing, you are not allowed to carry a purse, bag, backpack, etc; everything has to be stowed. However, it is perfectly OK to hold a baby. Why is that? I would appreciate anyone who has a firm reference to this and not just a opinion. Thanks.
Well, babies are recommended to be in their own seat in a flight approved car seat. In the event that they are in laps they are supposed to be protected by a seat belt extender, not held loosely.
Also, as my wife says, it’s frowned upon to put your baby in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of you 🙂
The FAA does recommend infants be in their own seat, in a car seat. But there is no regulations requiring them to do so for some reason
I think the rationale I’ve heard was that on balance flying, even as a lap child is still the safer mode of transportation as opposed to driving which is what most people would end up doing.