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Babies vs Bags ?

Babies vs Bags ?

  1. Anonymous

    I have always been curious why it is ok to travel with a baby on your lap but it is totally prohibited to carry any type of bag during take off and landing. Anybody knows the rule? or the logic?

  2. David W

    I think it’s because a bag could be open and when there’s turbulence, things can fly out of bags and become projectiles. I’d assume you have a bag in your lap because you need access to something inside, rather than just holding a bag. Furthermore, in an emergency, you need to get out as quickly as possible and having a bag in your lap makes that difficult.

    I believe a lap child requires a special seat belt so that you and the child can be bucked in during taxi, takeoff and landing. In an emergency, there are brace positions that involve holding a child as well as for getting out quickly.

  3. Anonymous

    I struggle to believe it’s anything other than politics, personally. Babies are statistically safer in airplanes than in cars, but if parents had to pay for their seats many of them would drive.

    A 23-month old kiddo weighs an average of 26 pounds. Hard to imagine that not being unsafe in an emergency…

  4. theox

    Although signs to stow your babies in the overhead locker for take off and landing may not go down too well!! 😉

  5. thelongroadau

    Because the bags be put in the overhead or under a seat. This indisputably makes people safer. You can’t ask for a baby to be put up/down there.

    Give me a choice between experiencing turbulence in a cabin with 5 flying babies, and one with 5 flying babies and 200 flying bags, I know which I’d choose. Same goes for an emergency evacuation.

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