Well, we all knew it would happen. On the bright side, it didn't happen to you! Rather than schlep a car seat around on the trains of Europe this holiday season, DT regular Darren is field-testing a CARES flying harness, which is FAA-approved and which, as we established here, every US airline is totally on board with--except for the half of USAir who doesn't give a damn what the FAA "regulations" are:
Took the kidlette to Switzerland from SD to meet up with the wife, as planned. In Basel now. SD - Philly leg of the trip: One flight attendant who said she'd never seen the harness before and didn't think it was allowed. The other who said she had seen it and was certain it was NOT permitted by her airline. I assured her that her own customer service said otherwise and in any case showed her that it was FAA approved. She said as the purser, it was her prerogative, and that it was not permitted, so I' have to carry Ava in my lap for take-off and landing. I said I thought that holding her in my lap sounded MUCH safer than keeping her in an FAA-approved four point safety belt. She didn't appreciate the sarcasm and promply ignored me the rest of the flight, despite me being in seats 1A and 1B.It's like the best of Trickledown Theory and the Unitary Executive, with a little bit of Bobby Brown on top! And no warm nut cup. USAir! USAir! USAir!
Philly to ZRH - flight attendants all very familiar with kidsflysafe and approved of use. Thought it was great. Surprised to hear some of their colleagues weren't aware of this.
So about what I was guessing would happen.
Previously: Does USAir forbid FAA-approved CARES safety harnesses? Uh, yes, about 50% of the time.