Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holding baby in lap on flight dangerous?

The trouble is then you have to pay for an extra seat. Not a huge deal in the south for middle class people flying from, say, Calgary to Montreal. But for most Inuit flying to Sanikiluaq the price is prohibitive. That is harsh to say, and there are some who can afford it, but the reality of higher costs and subsistence living has to be recognized:

Here's the crash site - everyone except the baby survived. Very sad story:

The mother of a baby boy who died in a plane crash in Nunavut on Saturday was doing what so many other mothers and fathers have done: she was holding her infant on her lap.

The six-month-old boy was the only passenger to perish when a twin-engine turbo prop plane crashed on its second attempt to land in Sanikiluaq, a tiny community located on the Belcher Islands in the southeastern corner of Hudson Bay. Most of the people aboard the aircraft – six other passengers and two pilots – escaped without serious injuries.


Anonymous said...

That's how you fly on big international planes too. No a small plane issue. They wont let you use a car seat

Stephen Downes said...

Babies are held on a parent's lap on every size of plane.

I've never agreed with this. A parent cannot hold the baby in extreme turbulence or accident. The baby becomes a projectile, endangering other passengers (and the baby).

Moreover, even on ordinary, placing a baby on a parent's lap creates a burden on passengers seated next to the person. Babies squirm, drop things, drool, kick, and so on.

If a baby must absolutely fly, it should have its own seat.

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