FAA Website Advises Parents on Flying With Kids: ‘Pack a Bag of Toys and Snacks’

By Penny Starr | June 27, 2012 | 6:26 PM EDT

American Airlines planes at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)

(CNSNews.com) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a new website on child safety while flying, featuring a list of “Tips for Parents” that includes, among other things, advising parents to bring snacks and toys for their children.

“Pack a bag of toys and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight,” the website advises.

The main focus of the site, entitled “Child Safety, Keep Your Little One Safe While You Fly,” offers directions for using a Child Safety Restraint System, or CRS, including a video demonstration.

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly urges you to secure your child in a CRS or device for the duration of your flight,” the website says. “It's the smart and right thing to do so that everyone in your family arrives safely at your destination.”

“The FAA is giving you the information you need to make informed decisions about your family's travel plans,” the website says.

But the “Tips for Parents” includes information on other issues, including packing snacks and toys and advice on making sure your child has a seat to sit in:

-- Ask your airline for a discounted fare. Buying a ticket for your child is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use a CRS.

-- Reserve adjoining seats. A CRS should be placed in a window seat so it will not block the escape path in an emergency. Do not place a CRS in an exit row.

-- If you do not buy a ticket for your child, ask if your airline will allow you to use an empty seat. If your airline's policy allows this, avoid the busiest days and times to increase the likelihood of finding an empty seat next to you.

The FAA is a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation.