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Initial post: 8 Dec 2010 18:59:56 GMT
A. Hadwin says:

I'm flying to Australia next year and want to be able to use a car seat on a plane. My son will be appox. 2 yrs old and we've been told that the car seat can only be one that is secured in the seat by a lap-belt i.e. 2-point attachent (not to be confused with the 4/5 point harness that hold your child in the seat). Does anyone have any experience or suggestions of what seat i can use and any other advice please?


Posted on 9 Dec 2010 10:34:32 GMT
mumin2010 says:
Been recommended the Britax Eclipse by Thomson, it is quite slim. You will need to check with the airline.

Posted on 11 Dec 2010 18:43:55 GMT
AndieLou says:
We took the Britax Freeway with us on a transatlantic flight (I don't think we would have managed the flight without it, highly recommended). I don't think this model is made by Britax any more (probably replaced by the Eclipse) but there is at least one new one on Ebay! We didn't find any other models that were suitable for a lap belt at the time we travelled. The only thing I would strongly suggest is the purchase of a light weight (collapsible) sack trolley. Carrying hand luggage, a tired 2 year old and car seat through customs is a nightmare especially as prams aren't sometimes given back to you at the plane door and you have to wait until baggage reclaim for them. Finally I would also suggest contacting your plane company, you can sometimes hire them from them and they will be waiting in your seat when you board the plane (however this doesn't help if you are hiring a car at the other end!). Best of luck!

Posted on 11 Dec 2010 18:50:03 GMT
AndieLou says:
PS Just in case you don't already know, your son might not be able to sit in the car seat when the seat belt signs are on. Some airlines insist they sit on your lap at this point - very annoying if you have a turbulent flight :-(

Posted on 12 Dec 2010 16:58:37 GMT
A. Hadwin says:
Thank you for your advice!!


Posted on 12 Dec 2010 21:49:29 GMT
Ben says:
Britax Prince Forward Facing Group 1 Car Seat (Alex)

I recommend The Britax Prince used to be called the freeway, it lighter than the eclipse and cheaper too, I used this for a trip to Australia

Posted on 7 Feb 2011 16:28:14 GMT
Cantankerous says:
Why would you use a car seat on a plane? Is it just for comfort as I don't understand what protection it would give in the unlikely event of a plane crash. Or is it because you want a car seat at the other end of your journey?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2011 23:05:35 GMT
hollysmummy says:
Why use a car seat? I've flown many times with my kids now 4 and 5 and never considered this. You would have to take it as hand luggage so carry it round the airport?
It wouldn't offer much protection if the plane crashes?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2011 23:12:45 GMT
hollysmummy says:
Why use a car seat? I've flown many times with my kids now 4 and 5 and never considered this. You would have to take it as hand luggage so carry it round the airport?
It wouldn't offer much protection if the plane crashes?

Posted on 13 Feb 2011 20:27:36 GMT
A. Hadwin says:
I need a car seat when i get to australia, plus it will keep him strapped in and stop him from wriggling around during the flight. I will of course take him out and let him play/lay out on the seats. It has nothing to do with added security.

Posted on 14 Feb 2011 06:06:33 GMT
Amy abroad says:
Have baby will travel, good for you! I highly recommend the go go travelmate for turning your car seat into a buggy around the airport, then you can just check in your buggy with your luggage. At the moment you can only buy it on not, but they are happy to ship. I have the britax eclipse by the way.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2011 21:10:20 GMT
The 'Kiddy' infinity and other models can be used on an plane but you need to check with the airline:
On a forum we looked at someone had taken their Kiddy cars seat on a plane.

Posted on 28 Feb 2011 12:30:59 GMT
P. Batty says:
I personally use a CARES safety harness for my daughter when flying. It holds her firmly in her seat without the need for taking a car seat with us. I have never had any problems using it and have lent it to friends who are equally impressed.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2011 22:59:59 GMT
stars73 says:
We fly regularly and use the britax prince for our little one, it takes lap belt and fits onto plane seat fine.

Posted on 17 Jun 2011 11:55:17 BDT
Ed Meister says:
Kiddys' Car Seats approved for Use on Aeroplanes

With holiday season fast approaching you need to know that 6 Kiddy car seats are legally allowed to be used on board of an aircraft anywhere in the world. The German institution TÜV Rheinland gave its approval which carries EU weight to the Kiddy Energy Pro, Comfort Pro, Guardian Pro, Guardian Pro 2 and Cruiserfix Pro.

However occasionally individual airlines may not be aware of this approval. Therefore we recommend that you pass the Aircraft Certification and Certification Logo on to any customers who ask. You can download these documents from the Kiddy Online Portal. The customers should check with the airline in advance and take the documents with them on their flight.

Kiddy seat belt shorteners are recommended to be taken on the airplane. Occasionally seatbelts differ in length, but if the seatbelt is too short, all planes are equipped with an extension so this can be adjusted on site. If the belt is too long Kiddy provides required seat belt shorteners which need to be brought on the aircraft for adjusting the Kiddy seat. You find more information in the aircraft manual.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2011 22:24:53 BDT
S. Furley says:
Hi Ed, where can I download this certificcation document from the kiddy website, and where in the UK can i buy the belt shortener? Please email me on, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2012 22:26:12 GMT
LucyE says:
Hi, I am hoping to take my Kiddy Energy Pro on a British Airways flight next week - did you find the certification document and info re belt shorteners?! Thank you!

Posted on 7 Jan 2012 09:15:24 GMT
Nicola says:
I can appreciate why you want to take an infant car seat!

Something else to be aware of:

We flew to New York last year with an American airline (can't remember which one). As our son was under 2 and didn't have his own seat, he had to sit on my lap. The only issue with this was that the airline did not have any infant lap belts to attach to my own one! When I requested one, they said that they did not have any as they didn't use them. I was shocked.

At one point, our very mobile and wriggly toddler managed to wriggle out of my arms and walk down the aisle just before we landed - needless to say, I had to unbuckle my own seat belt to go and fetch him!

I thought it was all very bizzare since the US seem to be so safety-conscious about almost everything else. Previously I thought that they were a standard feature used by all airlines.

We've since learnt to check with the airline before travelling about what forms of safety harness (if any) are used on board the plane for very young children.

Posted on 27 Feb 2012 15:01:52 GMT
von Stahl says:
How about using a booster backpack? The Trunki is good, but expensive and you don't need an actual regulated car seat in a plane, apparently. With this in mind I thought of finding something that the 6-year-old can use as cabin luggage and carry themselves - so I bought a sitNsee backpack off Amazon which is not a car seat, but useful in the local football stadium. Really good idea and great value!

Posted on 20 Mar 2012 13:26:52 GMT
In 10 years we only travelled once with a car seat (maxi cosi on Singapore airlines to Australia), but never again. Remember you have to carry the car seat, plus hand luggage, and child thorugh customs/immigration/departure lounge. Also, the chances are you will not have a bulkhead seat, so once you have the car seat in place, you will not be able to move it from the seat to allow your child to lie down on the seat. It will not fit into the overhead cabinets.

Also, the second time, my cousin hired a car seat for us to use so you may want to look into that as well

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 22:56:11 BDT
Hi there, I have booked my little one a seat for our holiday, I am struggling to find one that fit. Anyone taken a car seat on a jet2 flight?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2012 22:56:49 BDT
Hi there, I have booked my little one a seat for our holiday, I am struggling to find one that fit. Anyone taken a car seat on a jet2 flight?

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2012 21:44:55 BDT
T. O'Donnell says:
Hi Amy, I've been trying to purchase a GoGo Travelmate from but its telling me it won't ship to my UK address. Any advice?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2013 10:05:48 BDT
Paul says:
Who did you fly with. We are planning on using emirates from Birmingham to Perth and we have the prince.

Posted on 6 Aug 2013 20:33:51 BDT
A. Hadwin says:
We flew BA from Newcastle to London, Quantas to Hong Kong, then to Melbourne and then internal to Adalaide.

We ended up throwing the car seat in the hold when we got to london as our little one was kicking the hell out of the seat in front and didnt like it.

I suppose its down to preference and what your child is like.
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