In this day of economic necessity and parent relocation because of employment out of state, family lawyers are seeing more and more cases of minor children being transported by air to and from parenting time with a non-custodial parent located some distance away. Thus, the New York Times caught my attention today.
The New York Times featured a guest Op-Ed writer today. In an Op-ed piece titled "The Safety Hazzard on your Lap," Betsy Wade wrote:
"As to reckless aspects of air travel, I put the situation of the lap babies at the top. And at this time of year, don’t ask how many there are.
Lap babies are children under the age of 2 who travel free with adults on planes, but without tickets, with no seats of their own, without identification in the airline files or indeed any safety protection whatsoever. These infants and toddlers are the only passengers or crew members who are exempted from being latched into safety belts on takeoff and landing. They sit in parents’ laps and those parental arms are all that keeps them from hurtling through the air in turbulence or a crash landing."
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