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Are these types of car seats allowed

Explorer C


 Are these allowed as a “car seat” on the plane? My child will be 2.5 and his car seat won’t fit and not wanting to buy a whole other car seat. 


Re: Are these types of car seats allowed

Frequent Flyer A



Be sure that the actual harness you purchase and the actual harness you receive is a CARES CRS with the appropriate labeling sewn on the harness.  Many of these that are sold on Amazon are "fakes," are not safe, and will not be allowed.  Pay attention to the 1-star reviews on the particular one you are considering...


Also be aware that this harness prevents the passenger behind you from using his tray table.  I would head toward the last row so there isn't a potential conflict.

What car seats/child restraint systems (CRSs) are accepted onboard?

If you're traveling with an infant or toddler, you should know that proper use of a child restraint system (CRS) enhances child safety on aircraft. For this reason, we and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly recommend that infants and children who weigh 40 pounds or less be secured in an appropriate CRS when traveling by air.

If the CRS was manufactured before February 25, 1985, it must have one of the following labels. A CRS manufactured on or after February 26, 1985, must bear both labels in A and B:

  1. This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.
  2. This child restraint device conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.

    We also accept seats approved by the United Nations or foreign governments. The CRS must have a stamp or decal or some other mark that indicates foreign government approval. Seats manufactured under the standards of the UN must have a label with a circle surrounding the letter E, followed by a number assigned to the country that has granted approval.

    It is important to note that the CARES CRS is the only harness-type device approved for use onboard. The device is designed for Customers weighing between 22 and 44 pounds and must have a label that indicates, FAA Approved in Accordance with 14 CFR 21.305(d), Approved for Aircraft Use Only.

    Additionally, please know the FAA has banned certain types of child restraints that may be harmful to a child in the event of an aviation emergency. These include backless booster seats and any device that ties the child to another person.

    CRSs ALLOWED IN MIDDLE AND WINDOW SEATS ONLY. If the CRS is placed in the middle seat, it must not prevent the Passenger in the window seat from exiting the aircraft. If two children are traveling, CRSs must ONLY occupy the middle and window seats. Never aisle seats.

    CRSs ARE NEVER ALLOWED ON EXIT SEATS. This also means an aisle seat OR the row in front of or behind an emergency exit row.

    WEIGHT LIMITS. Though you’re allowed to place the CRS any way you prefer, here’s what we recommend: