Should you have to pay full price for a toddler on a plane? | The Tylt
Should you have to pay full price for a toddler on a plane?
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.
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.
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.
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.