CARES – Airplane Safety Harness (or CRS - Child Restraint System)
CARES is suitable for ALL children:
- Between 22 and 44 lbs
- Up to 40 inches tall
- Sitting in own seat
CARES and Special CARES are only certified for children up to 40 inches AND 44 pounds. IF THE USER IS TALLER THAN 40 INCHES AND OVER 44 POUNDS, A SPECIAL PERMIT (EXEMPTION LETTER) MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE FAA. THE USER SHOULD CARRY THIS LETTER EVERY TIME HE FLIES. FOR STEPS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FAA EXEMPTION LETTER, CLICK HERE.
Help Me Choose: CARES or Special CARES for a Special Needs Traveler?
|Child Size||CARES||Special CARES||Requires FAA Permit*|
|22-44 lbs; up to 40″ tall||X|
|Special needs flyers 41-56″ tall||X||X|
|Special needs flyers over 5 ft. tall||X||X|
CARES / Special CARES is only FAA approved for children 22-44 lbs and up to 40 inches tall.
Any child less than 44 lbs and 40 inches tall, can use it on any U.S. air carrier.
* The FAA permit is actually a letter, (called an exemption letter), which ‘exempts’ a flyer from the FAA rules regarding size restrictions and allows a larger special needs individual to use CARES. This letter may be needed for CARES (if the flyer is larger than 44 lbs and 40 inches), and is always needed when using Special CARES.