Anyone Use the Aviation Child Safety Device (ACSD)?

Updated on July 20, 2009
S.R. asks from Macomb, MI
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I am wondering if anyone has used the ACSD and how they liked it. It is a seat belt for your child that buckles around the plane seatback and attaches to the lap belt that makes a 4-point shoulder harness. I am hearing mixed reviews. Mostly I hear how convenient it is to not have to carry the carseat through the airport, but I have also heard that the child still slips down in the plane seat and it is uncomfortable for their head because they are sitting literally straight up. My daughter is almost 2, approx 30 pounds and is tall for her age. Just wondering if it's worth the $75. This is the first flight that we have purchased a seat for her. Just trying to make it easy and comfortable for all of us.

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answers from Detroit on

Traveling with the car seat isn't so can get a cart to take it to the gate and then you have it for the car when you leave the airport. We had to rent a carseat once in the bahamas...and it was VERY hard to find a taxi company that provided them. Next time, I will just take ours.



answers from Detroit on

We have used them. The only problem I had was that you have to loop them over the back of the seat and behind the tray table of the person behind you which can be kind of awkward if there is someone already sitting there. The kids also slip on leather seats which makes it hard for them to stay comfy under the belts so bring some nonslip liners for your child to sit on. You can rent them on ebay which is what we did for very cheap! The CARES harness is the only one (or was) that is actually FAA approved.



answers from Grand Rapids on


As a former flight attendant, it is not worth saving a couple hundred bucks nor the inconvenience factor to not buy them a seat and put them in a carseat. F/A's are always pushing to get a law passed that would require it. If it's required by law to have them strapped in for the road where the speed limit is 70mph on the highways, it should stand to reason that at 500mph, they should be strapped in. There are many instances where you can hit a pocket of air that is not predictable to the pilots. It can cause a sudden drop of a thousand feet or more. Flight attendents standing in the isles will hit the ceiling and come down on the seats/passengers and many broke hips with the way they come down. It is quite common even though it doesn't hit the news. I've seen lap children hit the ceiling and come down and get injured too.

In an emergency landing (God forbid), if there are no seats available to strap them in, they are placed on the floor at the bulkhead with pillows and blankets around them. It is impossible for anyone to hold them when the plane is turbulently landing. Our emergency training showed just horrible things that happen to lap children. In the Sioux City crash, 3 of the 4 lap children did not survive. The fourth miraculously flew into an overhead bin that opened, luggage flew out and then closed again.

Children sit better for the parents if they're in their own little seats. Bring lots of little books and small soft toys that aren't too heavy to pack. Even load your ipod with kids songs and they'll get a kick out of that. Also ask the f/a's to warm up a bottle for take-off and landing. We used to do this by putting the bottle in an airsickness bag filled with hot water. The warm liquid while they're swallowing helps to open up their ears and help them not hurt on ascent and descent.

The kids who don't have carseats always had more trouble than those who don't. Plus, you get to board first with little ones. And I always wait to get off last so that we're not standing in the aisles with all of our stuff and antsy kids in tow.

Hope you have a great trip!



answers from Detroit on

S., I have not used one, but I know that people "rent" them out on EBAY for much less.

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