Do young children need their own airline seats?

February 22, 2014 | Philadelphia Inquirer | A baby propelled from the mother’s arms when a United Airlines flight hit severe turbulence over Montana this week has reignited debate over the safety of allowing young children to be held on adults’ laps when traveling at 500 m.p.h., 30,000 feet aloft. The Federal Aviation Administration allows children younger than 2 to fly for free as “lap children,” although the FAA website “strongly urges” parents to use approved child-safety seats.

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