NTSB Says Babies Should Be Required To Have Separate Seats On Planes

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is furthering its efforts to get babies in their own seats on airplanes.

The group is urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to change the policy that allows children under age 2 to fly in the lap of an adult.

In a letter to the FAA, the NTSB cites several instances in which children were injured or killed in plane accidents.

The NTSB suggests a requirement of "separate seats and restraints for every occupant," and asks the FAA to amend rules "to require each person who is less than 2 years of age to be restrained in a separate seat position by an appropriate child restraint system during takeoff, landing, and turbulence."

Don't look for a quick change, however.

"We received the letter and we will certainly review it and get back to the board," says FAA spokeswoman Alison Duquette. "But we have no immediate plans to issue a new rule."

The FAA has rejected similar suggestions in the past.

In May, the NTSB issued a safety alert strongly suggesting parents buy a separate seat on planes for children under age 2.

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