Safe Flying

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 3:39pm

FAA and Association of Flight Attendants offer tips for safe summer flying.

Summer air travel means more kids on flights, and for ones under two that means a choice for parents.

Veda Shook, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, reminds parents that an FAA-approved child safety seat is the best option.

Of course, using that safety seat means buying an extra ticket.

"Even if you've already purchased your ticket this summer and did not buy one for a child under 2, you can still bring your child restraint seat with you to the gate, talk to the gate agent and if there happens to be an open seat on your flight, you can use that," Shook advises.

If there's no extra seat, the child restraint seat will be checked at no cost.

When it comes to grown up passengers, Shook suggests travel can also be made quicker, safer and easier by not pushing the limits of overhead bins and restricting carry on bags to valuables, medications and items needed in flight.

Shook also says flight attendants time spent repeatedly reminding passengers to turn off cellphones.

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