If you’ve ever flown with young children, you know that it is no small feat, especially if you are travelling with their car seats. We all know that it’s safest for our little ones to fly while buckled in to an FAA approved seat. However, when you think about how cumbersome it will be to navigate airports and narrow plane aisles with your child’s bulky car seat, you probably feel overwhelmed about the logistics of your trip.
When I was planning our family trip to Texas, I knew that there was just no way we could handle carrying a car seat for my son through the airports. We don’t usually check our luggage, and since we have three kids and two adults, it’s hard enough being outnumbered! I set out to find something that would make our airplane trips easier, and I found the smartest product I’ve ever seen — the CARES airplane safety harness by Kids Fly Safe!
They say the best ideas are the simplest ideas — and the CARES harness is just that. It’s an easy-to-use harness that can fit inside your purse, and keep your kids safe and in their seats.
The CARES Harness
Your CARES harness comes in a drawstring carrying bag that you can put almost anywhere — on the trip to Texas, I carried it in my purse. On the way home, it was tucked into the outside pocket of our suitcase.
I suggest opening it up and taking a look at how it installs before you get on the plane — it’s super easy, but it’s always best to know what you’re doing when you have an aisle of impatient travellers behind you ;). Here’s what the CARES harness looks like laid out:
The CARES harness fits children from 22 to 44 pounds and up to 40 inches. For special needs flyers, CARES also makes a harness for those taller than 56 inches — pre-teens, teenagers, and adults!
How the CARES Harness Works
- Put your child in his or her seat.
- Lower the tray table behind his or her seat.
- Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it. Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.
- Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child’s shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.
- Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.
There is a fantastic video on the CARES website that shows you how to install the harness, as well. I received an installation DVD along with my CARES harness, too! I was really comfortable with the installation, and it wasn’t difficult at all.
Micah was so excited about using his CARES! We had talked it up a lot before the trip, and told him that he got to use a “special seatbelt” for the airplane trip. He was so happy!
By far, the CARES harness by Kids Fly Safe is worlds easier than carrying a car seat onto a plane when travelling with kids. The one pound, FAA approved harness is the absolute best alternative! Still need your car seat at your destination? Just check it as luggage!
You can purchase the CARES Airplane Safety Harness for $74.95.
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