New Regulations For Toddler Safety On Planes?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 16, 2014 @ 7:37PM
Created on August 16, 2014 @ 5:59PM
Under current F.A.A. regulations, children under the age of two can fly on planes for free. But that could all be changing soon.
For decades, toddlers under the age of two have not been required to have a ticket to ride a plane, and were allowed to sit in their parents laps free of charge.
Due to safety concerns, newborns could soon require their own seat to be cleared for takeoff.
The National Safety Council is worried about the security of children being held by their parents, and believe requiring every passenger to have their own seat will benefit all travelers.
Some people feel this is just an excuse for airlines to make more money, and that the extra costs will prevent some families from being able to afford trips.
5 News talked to a local mother today who can see both sides of the issue.
"I can see both sides of the point of view. I mean they are safer when they're in a seat with a seat belt. But its also very expensive, so it's hard to weigh the pros and cons to both sides of it" said Niki Woofter of Harrison County.
Parents who buy a ticket for their newborn will be permitted to bring a car seat on the plane for their child.
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