The FAA this week opened a new website offering a parent toolkit that promotes the idea that kids on airplanes belong buckled into an approved child safety seat, not sitting on their parent’s lap.
Buckle up for safety! The long-running ad campaign that got us all to wear our seat belts when driving is just as relevant to airplanes as cars, and children as well as adults. DOT-mandated driving laws require young children to be not only restrained by seat belts but also ensconced in approved car seats.
Aircraft passengers tend not to worry about the in-flight safety of their children, says Lucille Fisher, whose job is writing and rewriting safety requirements for business aircraft owners and operators. But, she adds, the truth is they should.
Next month, a Connecticut jury will hear a $3.5 million claim against Executive Jet Management (EJM) in a case that is already sending a chill through the business aviation community.
A $27 million child-abduction suit involving charter and aircraft management services operator Executive Jet Management (EJM) has been settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, according to attorneys for the plaintiff, Cornelia Streeter.
In a child-abduction case that has sent a chill through the business aviation industry, a Connecticut jury has ordered Executive Jet Management (EJM) to pay $27 million to a mother whose ex-husband hired an EJM aircraft for the purpose of abducting the couple’s two children.
The FAA has approved the new AmSafe Aviation child aviation restraint system (Cares), a lightweight harness device designed for children weighing 22 to 44 pounds. Cares, which can be used on aircraft in place of heavier and bulkier safety seats, retails for $74.95 and is scheduled to be available after October 1. For more information, go to www.kidsflysafe.com.