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Air Canada and car seats

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wackojacko wrote:
Dec 17th, 2015 3:44 pm
We flew Southwest from Buffalo to Orlando with a 7 month old. At Buffalo Airport we had the option to bring the car seat to the gate and gate check it with the stroller (full size BTW). We lucked out as I asked the lady at the gate desk about gate checking and she said the plane has lots of seats available so we could bring the car seat on the plane and we did not have to hold our Daughter on our laps.

My suggestion would be to ask if there are seats available on the plane and if you can gate check the car seat when you are checking in. not sure where you are going but I would suggest bringing your regular stroller that the car seat fits in unless it's awkward for your destination. the umbrella ones just don't roll are well and you'll have to carry the car seat vs. clicking it in the stroller.
We had to buy a seat for our son, since he is over 2yrs...so he will have a seat regardless.
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kanewtz wrote:
Dec 17th, 2015 9:49 am
I am flying with a 28 month old in Feb.

I want to bring the car seat on the plane with me to secure him in it in his own seat.

As long as it fits in the seat, I should be ok? Obviously, i need to make sure its aircraft approved, etc.

Has anyone done this?
I've bought the car seat on once for my kid. Never again. It's big, it's bulky, it means they can kick the seat ahead. Etc.
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I wouldn't bring a car seat into the cabin on the plane...space is already at a premium.
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Swerny wrote:
Jan 29th, 2016 10:09 am
I wouldn't bring a car seat into the cabin on the plane...space is already at a premium.
I would if I bought a seat on the plane and was traveling with a good carseat.

A seat can never be used after a collision, no matter how minor. Hopefully the airline handles carseats better than luggage, but I doubt it in all cases. I'd feel much better carrying the seat myself, knowing it hadn't been tossed around. I'd see obvious damage, but not anything hidden.
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I don't mean to revive an old thread, but seeing as this is 3 years old, I hope someone can shed light as to the current practices of Air canada. I'm planning on bringing a car seat and umbrella stroller to Las Vegas, so I am hoping that Air Canada (Rouge Canada) can still bag the car seat with the largest bag they have. Anyone travelled with their <2yo child recently and can confirm they still do this?

Much appreciated!
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Questionz wrote:
Oct 28th, 2018 2:05 pm
I don't mean to revive an old thread, but seeing as this is 3 years old, I hope someone can shed light as to the current practices of Air canada. I'm planning on bringing a car seat and umbrella stroller to Las Vegas, so I am hoping that Air Canada (Rouge Canada) can still bag the car seat with the largest bag they have. Anyone travelled with their <2yo child recently and can confirm they still do this?

Much appreciated!
bag it yourself with a Gate Check bag.

https://www.amazon.ca/Childress-Gate-Ch ... B000RRD7UG
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Either put it in a gate check bag, or if you kept the box the car seat came in, pack it in the box.
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Makes sense. But as I was looking on amazon I couldn’t find the right size to fit our car seat. All the bags being sold are way too small.
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I flew Rouge a few months ago to Hawaii. Nothing's changed. Carseat gets bagged and sent via oversized luggage. No issues other than the plastic bags they had didn't really fit over the carseat, so it was a bit of a hack job wrapping it. We also gate checked the stroller. I don't know why that carseat bag says to gate check, I don't want to carry it through security and customs to the gate.
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Questionz wrote:
Oct 28th, 2018 2:05 pm
I don't mean to revive an old thread, but seeing as this is 3 years old, I hope someone can shed light as to the current practices of Air canada. I'm planning on bringing a car seat and umbrella stroller to Las Vegas, so I am hoping that Air Canada (Rouge Canada) can still bag the car seat with the largest bag they have. Anyone travelled with their <2yo child recently and can confirm they still do this?

Much appreciated!
Your car seat it put into a large plastic bag and sent with the oversized luggage. You then pick it up with the oversized luggage.

The stroller is gate checked and there is no bag. Make sure to take off anything that is removable (cup holder, etc.) because it may come off in the cargo hold. You pick this up immediately when you get off the plane.
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This thread came up because I searched as I have the same question. Bought a seat from Tver I lax for my two year old and she has her own seat. Does she not NEED her own car seat?? On the plane? I was under the impression that we could bring it and actually use it on the flight, no? Otherwise I’d rather pay $100 and rent one for the rental car, and just use the flight seatbelt (or get one of those cares flight belts for kids). Is this an option?

Our car seat is a diono radian so it’s quite heavy and I’d rather not lug it to the airport and around if I don’t have to.
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eternitybc wrote:
Jan 2nd, 2019 2:30 pm
This thread came up because I searched as I have the same question. Bought a seat from Tver I lax for my two year old and she has her own seat. Does she not NEED her own car seat?? On the plane? I was under the impression that we could bring it and actually use it on the flight, no? Otherwise I’d rather pay $100 and rent one for the rental car, and just use the flight seatbelt (or get one of those cares flight belts for kids). Is this an option?

Our car seat is a diono radian so it’s quite heavy and I’d rather not lug it to the airport and around if I don’t have to.
You can use it on the plane but it's not necessary and frankly, it isn't always a great idea. I took it on a trip to Hawaii once when my oldest was 18 months old... he had his own seat on that trip. The United flights I took had slimline seats in economy, and at 18 months he was able to reach the seat in front of him and just kept kicking so I had to hold his legs on the flight from YVR-SFO. On the next flight SFO-OGG, I turned the seat around so he couldn't do that anymore, but he did not like facing backward and fussed a lot.

First and last time that I took a car seat on the flight for one of my kids... I checked the seat on the way home and we just held him instead.

If your two year old is big enough, you might want to consider using a CARES harness instead.
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eternitybc wrote:
Jan 2nd, 2019 2:30 pm
This thread came up because I searched as I have the same question. Bought a seat from Tver I lax for my two year old and she has her own seat. Does she not NEED her own car seat?? On the plane? I was under the impression that we could bring it and actually use it on the flight, no? Otherwise I’d rather pay $100 and rent one for the rental car, and just use the flight seatbelt (or get one of those cares flight belts for kids). Is this an option?

Our car seat is a diono radian so it’s quite heavy and I’d rather not lug it to the airport and around if I don’t have to.
It is safest for your child to use a car seat on the plane as the seat belt is unlikely to fit a two year old correctly, and most two year olds won't keep the seat belt in the correct position. The car seat harness will protect your child in case of turbulence, etc.

I've flown with both heavier car seats (Diono Radian, Clek Fllo) and lighter car seats (Evenflo Sureride). Lighter is easier, but the heavier ones are possible. The good news is that the Radian is narrow, so it should fit well on the plane. A folding luggage cart can be helpful for pulling the car seat through the airport.

Renting a car seat with your rental car is not recommended because you don't know the history of the car seat (may have been in a collision, improperly cared for, etc.) or they may not have one that fits your child correctly.
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If you’re a CAA member you get a FREE car seat if you rent a car through Enterprise, Alamo or National.
I have a Diono Radian and it would be nuts to lug that thing with me when travelling.

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