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?Nowadays, if parents drive with babies in the vehicle they do not have a second thought about buckling them in to their car safety seats. They won't accept "no" for an answer and kids rarely resist because it has just become such a routine thing. Keeping children safe when traveling in a car is just second nature to parents today. In light of the concern adults have for automobile safety, one might think that hurtling through the heavens at 500 miles per hour in an airplane with a little one would incite every parent to bring an airplane approved car seat. However if you look around our airports these days, families traveling with young children hardly ever bring along car seats for their youngster's airplane seat. The explanation is simple - an airplane car seat is the same piece of equipment as the seat used in cars. It is heavy, bulky, designed to sit solidly in the rear seat of an automobile and never meant to be lugged through busy modern airports. It's akin to wearing the same boots you hike with in summer to navigate a snow covered field. That said, parents shouldn't be any less worried about their little one's safety in an airplane that's traveling approximately 8 times the speed that they regularly drive their cars. A few scrupulous parents still do carry car seats through crowded terminals, however they face another obstacle once they board the plane - car seat installation. To start with, car seats are only allowed in window seats. If these beefy seats were installed anywhere else, they'd block other passengers from getting in and out of the row. Even the installation process is a headache due to the fact that the little one cannot sit in the seat as it is being installed. This causes installation to become a 2 parent even, 1 parent to handle the installation and the other to mind the youngster. For those parents who've made it through the installation, they're often now facing the reality that car safety seats generally don't fit very well, if at all, in small airline seats. To sidestep the hassle, many parents simply forego any type of child safety device and just strap their kids in with the traditional lap belt. This is nothing short of choosing convenience over the safety of a child. Even in rough turbulence a regular lap belt isn't adequate protection for young kids who don't have the ability to brace themselves. Several years ago the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognized that very few kids were taking flight in approved car seats and they addressed the problem with urgency. After comprehensive dynamic testing, the FAA put their stamp of approval on the very first child aviation restraint, certifying that it afforded an equivalent level of safety to a traditional car seat used on a plane. Compared to a car seat, the Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) is a light buckle and belt device that converts the airplane seat into something that appears similar to a cabin crew member's airplane safety restraint. It is extremely portable, a cinch to install, can be used in any size airline seat, and in any airline seat in the row. The best thing is that it only weighs one pound and takes just one minute to install. The Child Aviation Restraint System functions jointly with the traditional plane seat lap belt. Rather than being looped through a groove under or behind a traditional car seat, the airplane's lap belt on top of the child's lap. After the upper body part of CARES is installed, the airplane's lap belt just glides through through the bottom portion. The little one remains comfortable, but safely strapped in to a specialy designed harness. An added bonus is that the child sits in his own seat while the airplane child restraint gets installed around him. Possibly the greatest thing about this device is the fact that it allows parents to bring along a safe seating option that they know their little ones deserve and ought to have, with no hassle or dreading hoofing it through crowded airports with a car seat and wrestling with a messy installation process after boarding the aircraft. Mothers can actually travel by themselves with two babies seating each on either side. Parents are encouraged by the portability of CARES and the ease of installation, allowing them to have a stress free and safe flight with their children. Louise Stoll is a grandmother and the inventor of the FAA approved Child Aviation Restraint System. Louise owns and operates the website Kids Fly Safe where you can purchase this revolutionary safety device for your traveling child, watch CARES installation videos, and learn all about the product and it's history.
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