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I'd like to take an ERF belt in car seat on a BA flight this summer and use it in the plane seat. My DD will be just 2. I need to buy a seat! Has anyone ever flown with either a britax 2 way elite or an axkid mini and did they belt in ok and fit in the seat?
I've looked up BA's rules and they don't need FAA accreditation but the car seat needs to fit in the plane seat (obviously!)
Would be v grateful for any advice / tips. Thanks!
The British airways website says the seat must be forward facing.
The main problem is finding a carseat that can be secured using only a lap belt, most seats require a 3 point seatbelt as found in cars. I don't know of any though there may be some out there. Also the dimensions, plane seats are quite small.
Having flown quite a lot, I've never seen anyone using a carseat on a plane.
Thanks all. People definitely take car seats on flights, I've seen it a lot! Never thought to check the model though. I know that the britax 2 way elite seat can be rf or ff and will strap with a lap belt. I don't know if it will fit in a BA seat though. I also don't know if the axkids one can be strapped with a lap belt though or be ff. Has anyone used either of those?
I want to take it as I have had too much luggage mangled in the hold to want to check it in! Think better chance that daughter will sleep in it too. Yes I will need it in the uk pre flight and then at our destination too. Thanks again.
Once they are 2 I don't think they HAVE to use one. I honestly wouldn't take it if there was a choice, utter pain in the arse carrying it about and makes no difference on the flight they can sit comfortably in a seat.
We fly roughly every 6 weeks with kids. I used to take the maxi cosi for them when they couldn't sit alone roughly 0-14months. Also I have two clols win age so menat baby could sleep on sit whilst I had 1 year old sitting on my lap playing or snoozing. Always booked kids own seat. Also meant baby had safe place and could stay in seat whilst I or Dh went to loo if travelling alone, and we could nap easier on long trip as not holding baby.
However after 1 year ish when they can sit alone without falling off whilst we eat or whatever I haven't taken seat as More hassle. Easier to just lift seat arm up and they can lay down to sleep . Plus no seat to carry in airport. Something like the axxikid would be heavy to carry through airport and no handle.
The Britax Two Way Elite definitely fits on a plane seat.
It's so much safer for children to have a car seat on the plane, I do not know why European airlines make it so difficult (I think it's much more common in the USA for car seats to be used). I appreciate a car seat isn't going to save your child's life in a massive crash, but in terms of hitting unexpected turbulence or an emergency landing it's a lot safer to have your child strapped into a car seat.
Thank you so much everyone! I think I will get the Britax seat and will make a judgement as to whether we want to take it on the flight or check it nearer the time - not going for another few months and appreciate children can change quite a bit so maybe DD will be more settled in a normal seat by then. The safety aspect of things does make me more inclined to strap her into a car seat tho. Alice, thanks for the reassurance.
Not too worried about carrying it through the airport as lots of family with us plus I've seen some little wheels you can buy for the seats which look handy.