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Old 08-08-2011, 10:01 PM   #31
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

We gate checked ours and put it in a heavy duty duffel bag one way as well as our jogger and they were both fine. Our seat has a special bag so we got that (had to get it overnighted as I didn't plan). The nice thing about putting it in duffels as I put extra supplies in them for the airport and toys just in case and they don't charge or care if they are stuffed full - or that was my experience. I had my Corroco bag stuffed. (so much so another mom needed stuff on the leg home as they had a flight detour and she was running low but thought she might be ok and we were going home and I knew I had stuff in the car - I was a bit of an over packer when it came to my son).

Gate check the seat and ask if they have an extra seat available. If they do, sometimes they will be decent and give it to you. I asked and there were 2 seats left going home and it was far easier than a lap baby (and safer but it was last minute flights and to $$$ to buy an extra seat).

Have a good trip. Its scary when you haven't done it but once we did it, it was no big deal. I thought my son would just scream the entire flight and he let out a few cry's and if someone gave me a look (they more seemed concerned as he wasn't a screamer) I just apologized and they were all really nice about it. (especially the woman next to us on one flight who after he woke up flirted with him for about 30 minutes).

I took our jogger as I only paid $50 for it. Otherwise I'd only take a cheapie stroller.


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Old 08-21-2011, 12:53 AM   #32
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Re: Best way to check a cs for flight?

I'm back from my trip. Like I said, I had DH buy a seat in CA so I didn't have to deal with it or worry about its handling. Although, DH is an engineer who deals with material stress and he said even if a cs was tossed a few feet onto concrete (as seen in one of the videos) it would not compromise its safety. And FWIW, I checked the new seat on the way home and put it in the plastic bag it came in... the bag had no scuffs or anything on it. I'm sure if the cs had seen some trauma, the cheap bag would have shown it.
Thanks for the advice!
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