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Parents' attitudes towards infant safety during air travel
  1. M Bahari1,
  2. N Prunty1,
  3. E J Molloy1,2,3,4
  1. 1Department of Neonatology, National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3UCD School of Medicine & Medical Sciences, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  4. 4Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Eleanor Molloy, Department of Neonatology, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2, Ireland; elesean{at}

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In 2009, more than two billion passengers travelled by air.1 Child safety during air travel has always been a concern especially for children less than 2 years of age.2 3 Many aviation authorities such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency encourage the use of children restraint devices (CRDs), but their use not mandatory.4 Since a CRD occupies a full seat, it increases travel costs for families, so they may opt to travel by road where the use of a child-restraint seat could prevent about 0.4 child air crash deaths per year …

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  • Presented in part at the European Academy of Paediatric Societies, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2010.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the National Maternity Hospital ethics committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.