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Do we neglect infant safety during air travel?
  1. M J Barrett1,
  2. E J Molloy1,2
  1. 1
    Department of Paediatrics, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2
    UCD School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Eleanor Molloy, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2, Ireland; emolloy{at}

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Recently, the safety of infant air travel was reviewed concentrating on the dangers of hypoxia.1 However, there is a deficiency in global air travel safety provision for children especially in the under 2-year-old age group. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) encourage and insist, respectively, on use of an approved child restraint system (CRS) during air travel for children under the age of 2 years.2 Optimal infant air travel safety requires a CRS to protect infants in cases of non-fatal or survivable airplane incidents including turbulence, evasive manoeuvres and crashes. Analysis of aircraft crashes from 1976 through 1979 in which there …

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