Put Your Tray Table Up — Airplane Safety for Kids

Put Your Tray Table Up -- Airplane Safety for Kids

Currently, children under the age of 2 are not required to be in any kind of safety restraint on aircraft during takeoff, landing, and periods of turbulence. They are often held on the lap of an adult. This has lead to preventable injuries and deaths during survivable crashes and conditions of turbulence.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 40 pounds be in a safety seat on aircraft – just like in a car.

In a November 2001 policy statement, the AAP called for a mandatory federal requirement for restraint use for children on aircraft. Adults are protected during vulnerable periods by safety straps designed for them.

Kids deserve the same protection.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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