This new study that was released is a bit chilling.
” a new study that analyzed in-flight pediatric deaths found them to be very rare, but almost all of the children who did die aboard planes were under the age of 2 and traveling on long flights between continent”
“What was unexpected was the number of healthy lap infants who ended up dead. It’s a rare event but this is clearly a pattern,” said Alexandre Rotta, lead researcher on the study and chief of pediatric critical care at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, which is part of the University Hospitals health-care system in Cleveland. ”
“The Federal Aviation Administration has refused to require car seats for infants on board flights on the assumption that some families, if forced to purchase a ticket for an infant, would choose instead to drive, which is statistically a more dangerous mode of transportation. The FAA did join with airlines in an educational campaign in 2012 in favor of separate seats for children and use of car seats.
“Why is it OK for a mother to hold a baby on a plane traveling many times faster than a car, and it is not OK for her to hold the baby in a car?” said Dr. Rotta.”
I do remember the whole controversy over the car seats in air. I do remember the stats pointing at car travel being even more dangerous, though Dr. Rotta’s point that parent’s cannot hold a child in a car is well taken too.
What do you think? Is the risk worth it? Is it safer than pushing people to drive rather than fly?