If you have younger kids in the “carseat phase”, you’ve experienced the fun of dragging bulky, heavy car seats through busy airports. It keeps your kids safe on the plane, but is not a fun experience. There are lots of carts, bags, and wheels available – but the net is that a car seat is not something you will enjoy bringing on a plane. We found a product that solves the problem a few years back and it truly changed our traveling lives. The “CARES” restraint is basically a five point harness for flying that straps to the airplane seat. It loops around the back of the seat behind the other passenger’s tray table and is very easy to install / take off — it’s like a seat belt from older cars. The FAA has totally approved this product, and the FAA approval is even emblazened on the label. It can be a little pricey at $82 with shipping, but the convenience of avoiding the carseat dragging is well worth it from our experience.
The straps are approved for kids 22 pounds to 45 pounds (typically 1 to 5 years old), and weights a grand total of one pound in a very convenient small bag (smaller than most purses). You can check through your car seat (free of any baggage charges on all airlines) – to have it for the car at your destination.