“You are so motivated to make sure the trip goes smoothly, because you know that the organs of these two kids are now going to save the lives of more than just a handful of other kids.”
Keeping Kids Safe In-Flight
Two companies are promoting new child seat-restraint systems for in-flight use.
AmSafe Aviation of Phoenix's system employs an adjustable harness designed to fit any aircraft seat and is appropriate for children weighing 22 to 44 pounds (ages about 2 to 4). According to inventor Louise Stoll, it sells for about $75 through
UK-based Mann Aviation Group Engineering of Surrey, meanwhile, is offering a padded-seat-and-harness restraint system that attaches using the standard aircraft seatbelt. It weighs less than six pounds and is designed for both forward and aft-facing positions and for children from infancy through 44 pounds. For additional information, contact Mann Aviation's interior division at +44 1 276 857 888, or e-mail
Both systems have been approved by the FAA, which encourages use of child-safety devices on airplanes, but doesn't require them.