An Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok today experienced clear-air turbulence, causing 27 passengers to require treatment in a hospital. The video of the aftermath is horrific.
Of course this caused the inevitable, “Is Aeroflot safe” comments on the DansDeals Facebook group. Then again the “is XYZ (insert airline or country here) safe” question is so prevalent there that DDFB trolls now drive to Cleveland to ask me that question in person 😉
Of course clear-air turbulence can occur on any airline and it’s the reason that you should always wear a seatbelt when seated on an airplane, even if the seatbelt sign isn’t illuminated.
The Daily Mail says that 3 infants suffered major injuries on the flight when they were thrown out of their mother’s arms by the force of the turbulence.
That’s one of the primary reasons that we travel with carseats for our kids.
The FAA doesn’t require a seat for children under 2, however, “The FAA strongly urges you to secure your child in a CRS or device for the duration of your flight. It’s the smart and right thing to do so that everyone in your family arrives safely at your destination…The safest place for your child on an airplane is in a government-approved child safety restraint system or device, not on your lap. Your arms aren’t capable of holding your child securely, especially during unexpected turbulence.”
Their analysis showed that requiring tickets for children under 2 would mean more people would drive, which is a statistically more dangerous way to travel.
I guess according to that logic, that means carseats wouldn’t be required in a car if walking was more dangerous than driving.
Rafi enjoying the legroom flying United Global First class from Houston to Honolulu on 1/29/14:
Aside from the safety aspect, kids in a carseat are more likely to sleep on a plane and you won’t have to hold them or stop them from opening the airline seatbelt. Plus if you need a carseat at your destination you don’t have to worry about airline baggage handlers mishandling and damaging your carseat.
When Rafi was an infant I used to make a game out of always making sure the seat next to us was empty so that we’d get a free ticket and a free seat for his carseat. But since my first failure we’ve always bought each kid their own seat.
Do you bring a carseat on the plane for your kids?