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Old 08-04-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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Best way to check a cs for flight?

I'm flying next week and want to check my dd's infant seat. Should I just take the cover off so it won't get dirty and check the seat, or do I need to get a bag of some sort to put it in?

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Old 08-04-2011, 12:55 PM   #2
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We just flew southwest and checked our infant seat. The airline put it in a big plastic bag when we checked in and it was in perfect shape when we picked it up at the other end. Maybe call the airline and see if they do the same?
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I would never check a seat. Airtran broke my gate checked stroller that was in a stroller bag. You have no idea what happens to it in the hold. It could get drop kicked!
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

If you do some searching around on YouTube you will find videos of seats being mishandled by baggage handlers. The seats in the videos are gate checked seats. One goes all the way down the conveyer belt and crashes to the ground. I would not check a seat.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:17 PM   #5
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Take your seat with you to the gate and find out if there are any open seats on the plane. If there are, ask if you can use a seat for your DD. Take the seat on the plane, and use it to secure your child.

If there are no open seats on the plane, then gate check the seat. You should get it back at the gate on the other side. But I agree with the PP's that you should avoid checking your seat if at all possible.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:50 PM   #6
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

wow, I had no idea that was the case with checked seats- we've checked ours often. The airline always supplies large bags for them and we've never had an issue. DH used to be a baggage handler/worked for a small airline and he's never mentioned this, I will be picking his brain about this later tonight!

If you are still needing some sort of bag, they do sell car seat travel bags- basically a big duffle bag for your seat.
This is a fancy one:
http://www.babyproofingplus.com/prod...at_travel_bag/
they also sell a simpler version that is smaller for bucket seats.
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

The travel bags are nice but there is no guarantee they are going to protect the seat if it's dropped or kicked or something heavy is thrown on top of it. Baggage can also shift during the flight causing something to fall on the seat and you would never know if there is hidden damage to the seat. It's just best not to chance it.

ETA: Here are a couple of the videos I was talking about


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Old 08-04-2011, 07:04 PM   #8
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

Trying to use it on the plane is the best bet.

But really, what else is she supposed to do? She's going to need a carseat on the otherside, so what do you recommend she do? Sometimes are options are limited.
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Yes, sometimes options are limited, she just needs to be aware of the risks of checking a car seat. It's a parental decision, it's no different than using a mirror to see your rear facer even when you know what the risks can be. She asked so she deserves an honest answer including possible risks.
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

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Take your seat with you to the gate and find out if there are any open seats on the plane. If there are, ask if you can use a seat for your DD. Take the seat on the plane, and use it to secure your child.

If there are no open seats on the plane, then gate check the seat. You should get it back at the gate on the other side. But I agree with the PP's that you should avoid checking your seat if at all possible.

I wouldn't bother with a bag as it won't prevent damage and, if anything, can make it easier for it to get damaged without the parent or baggage handler knowing it.
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