Does My Child Need a Special Needs Seat for Airplane Travel?
Do children with special needs require car seats on airplanes? That’s a great question with answers that are case specific. But an important thing to know is that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DOES NOT allow children to ride in special needs positioning wheelchairs during air travel. This can be a challenge for families as they prepare for flying. To help provide solutions, we have designed and selected some FAA-approved seats and a child aviation restraint system that can make flying simpler. From our very own Special Tomato line and other top brands, these approved travel essentials will make your life easier.
Our premier product is the Special Tomato MPS Car Seat. The Special Tomato MPS has been successfully tested and approved for aircraft travel (FAA Approved). The soft, lightweight, and durable modular seating cushions are supported by the seat shell to maintain position. Because the system is modular, it can be customized and adjusted for your child’s specific support needs. Proper postural alignment with adequate support is always important. In the short term it provides comfort and helps the child to be more relaxed and content during flying. In the long term, alignment always matters because it impacts the growth and development of the musculoskeletal system. Our goal is to help you simplify long-distance airline travel while ensuring that your child’s positioning needs are met.
Up, Up and Away…Safely and Comfortably
aviation restraint strapping system that provides a comfortable and simple way to safely secure your child during flying. This provides the safety of an approved restraint but with far less bulk than a typical seat. One thing to note if you want to go this route, you may need to request an exemption letter from the FAA. These things can be confusing, so feel free to rely on our expert team for personalized advice. We ask that you begin the process by sending us a size help request and then we’ll work together with you from there.