New Aviation Harness for Youngsters

cares.jpg Tired of lugging that child seat onto the plane?

AP reports (as republished on courant.com) that the FAA has approved the first harness-type child safety device for sale to consumers for use on commercial airline flights.

CARES, or Child Aviation REStraint system, is the world’s first alternative to a car seat certified for use in airplanes for children between 20-44 lbs. The belt-and=buckle device is specifically designed for aviation use. It weighs one pound and fits into a 6” stuff sack, making it portable, simple to install, adjustable to virtually any size airplane seat, and usable in any seat in an airplane except for exit rows. The child sits in the airplane seat while CARES is being installed. 

CARES has been in the works for about seven years, which included the last four spent navigating the FAA’s approval process, said Louise Stoll, the product’s founder and an assistant secretary of the Department of Transportation during the Clinton Administration.