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Should you have to pay full price for a toddler on a plane?

People are protective of their time on airplanes. For most, this means keeping noise from children to an absolute minimum and maintaining a comfortable amount of personal space. For some parents, however, the best way to fly is by keeping their child in their lap—especially if it means they don't have to pay for an additional seat. Others see this as a sort of chaos, arguing if a toddler is old enough to sit on its own, parents should pay for their child's seat. What do you think? 

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The main priority of any parent or airline is to keep kids (and all passengers for that matter) safe. According to some, although it may be tempting to hold a child in your lap in order to save some cash, it's not the safest option. As parenting website, Baby Center, warns: 

Unrestrained children have been injured and killed during even moderate turbulence because their parents were unable to maintain a grip on them. They can be thrown against the ceiling or toward the back of the plane during a bumpy ride.

If you don't pay for a seat for your toddler, there are no guarantees that they will have their own seat belt, oxygen mask and space. As Baby Center concludes: 

 Again, the safest option is to buy your child a ticket.
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But if a child is going to end up in a parent's lap anyway, why pay for the extra seat? Toddlers and planes don't always mesh, and if it comes down to keeping a child in your lap in order to keep them calm, most parents will do so. At that point, there's no point in dropping a few extra hundred dollars on another seat. 

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Although babies under the age of 2 can fly for free on domestic flights in the U.S., it is still safer for kids to travel in a car seat placed in a seat next to a parent. 

It is safer for a child to ride in a car seat in the plane, and if you prefer that option, you'll need to pay full fare for a seat for the baby regardless of age. The car seat must be government-approved, with labeling that says it is approved for vehicles and aircraft. You might get lucky and get a discount on this seat, but don't assume that.

Whether they have turned 2 or not, toddlers should be secured in a paid-for seat. 

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If babies under the age of 2 can travel for free in the U.S., perhaps all children should. That way, there's no hesitation about carrying your child in your lap or giving them a regular seat. Seven airlines are hopping on this trend by offering free or discounted fare for children. 

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Should you have to pay full price for a toddler on a plane?
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#ToddlersFly4Free