V.N. asks from Plainfield, IL on October 17, 2009
Britax Marathon and Plane
I have the Britax Marathon car seat and will be flying with my one year old son. Will that car seat fit in a standard plane seat? Is it a tight fit for the neighbors on either side?
How did you transport it through the airport?
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Thank you so much for all of your advice, I really appreciate it!
B.G. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
I have the marathon but bought a $40 costco elite from walmart that is soooooooo much easier to travel with!!
A.C. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
I travel alot for work, and am lucky enough to bring my daughter (15 trips in about 4 months). I used my britax marathon, along with the Go Go Kids Travelmate. It has been awesome! My daughter likes it too. Very easy to use...well worth the money! Also easy to go through the airport security stuff! Hope this helps- good luck
C.T. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
I have traveled w/the marathon many times. I put it on top of the stroller seat and then put my child in it and strolled thru the airport. It is not "latched" in, but it has always worked great for me. At the gate, I take it off (along with my other gear, fold up the stroller and try to get everything on the plane - lol. It is a big seat - but I have always put it by the window for the view for the child and sat next to it and it hasn't been a problem.
Good luck and happy travels!!
C.K. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
Ask for a seat belt extension from the flight attendant, it will make it easier to remove the seat after the flight. They will tell you it is not needed but it will make YOUR life easier.
The people on either side will have room, however the person in front of your child will probably get kicked throughout the flight if he puts his seat back!
S.O. answers from Champaign on October 18, 2009
I have yet to take a carseat on a plane (I check it at the front). I have four children (haven't flown with the babies) and always prefered letting them have the space the seat provides. My daughter was able to lay down and sleep comfortably.
A friend loved the flight vest or flight harness for her daughter to be able to strap her down when needed.
Depending on the length of your flight, you may consider this option. Just bring new, fun toys and snacks, that always helps.
E.B. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
you might want to look into the CARES system. It works with the airline seat belt to create a 5 point harness and is FAA approved. We used it for our daughter at 17 months and it worked great. The whole thing weighs a pound and fits in a carry one bag.
M.S. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
I flew by myself with the Boulevard and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. If you don't need your stroller at your destination and can rent one when you do need it (at the mall, zoo etc.) I use the GoGo Kidz travelmate (http://www.gogobabyz.com/product-i14550-c26-g6-b0-p0-gogo....
On page 2 of this thread scroll down a bit and it's a post about installing a Marathon on a plane. Have fun! http://windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=130402&...
A.D. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
It will work. We bought one of those wheeling things that attaches to a car seat and wheeled our kids through the airport that way. The wheel attachment had to come off to fit through security, but it's easy to do. You may or may not be able to wheel him down the aisle of the plane. On the way there, my daughter fit, on the way home, I had to carry the seat down the aisle. Weird because it was the exact same type of plane. Don't know what airlines you're flying but American let us preboard on the way home when we requested it at the gate. You may have to ask for a seat belt extender in order to make your life much easier to attach the seat in the airplane.
J.V. answers from Chicago on October 18, 2009
Used ours to fly to Ireland, fit fine --though we were the neighbor's on either side.
We bought one of those attachments to put on the suitcase to roll it but didn't end up using it. Hubby just carried it. Pain, but the roller thing just wasn't very good.