Although I do not travel as much as Claressa and her family. I believe in purchasing your child a seat. The first time I flew with my Lilly, she was about 6 months old. We did not buy a seat for her. When I checked my luggage, the wonderful agent told me there were still about 10 seats available, so I brought the car seat to the gate. We boarded, got situated and watched as the plane got fuller and fuller. Eventually one lonely person was standing in the aisle looking for the last seat. We had to remove Lilly from her car seat, give it to the flight attendant and she became a "lap child".
It was a very long flight. Albuquerque to Chicago and on to Detroit, MI. My husband and I found out if we both put our tray tables down, they would become a make shift bed.
The nice business traveler kept apologizing for taking our baby's seat. We learned a valuable lesson about last minute Stand-by's.
For your child's safety and your own comfort please buy the seat. Southwest offers an infant price and some great Ding and internet fares.
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