The airlines have been in the media quite a bit lately, and it’s usually not positive. When traveling with children, especially those who should be in a car seat, parents have felt frustrations when attempting to bring their car seat on board.

From The Car Seat Lady is a great post about knowing your rights as a parent or guardian when it comes to car seats and taking commercial air flights. To read the full post, click here.

Here are a few points included in their post:

  • Bill of Rights – Per the FAA guidelines, The Car Seat Lady outlines which conditions must be met – and if they are, then you have the right to use your car seat in flight.
  • The Car Seat Lady directly sources the information from the FAA here.
  • You may use your car seat rear-facing or forward-facing, depending on your child’s age, height and weight and depending on the car seat’s height and weight limits.
  • A car seat may be placed in any airplane seat provided that it does not interfere with passengers evacuating the aircraft in an emergency.


Knowledge is power and knowing the rules and more importantly, understanding the rules will greatly help you in your next flight with children and car seats. Be sure to read the entire post by The Car Seat Lady as it directly cites the rules and guidelines put forth.