I couldn't agree with this article any more...when flying with kids buckle them in! Steve totally agrees with it, as do I. I am sure that most airline crew members agree as well.
Yes, we fly for free, so we don't have to pay for that extra seat or two. But, if we did have to pay, we would. Imagine all the medical bills you would have to pay if your child cracked their head open from turbulence. And don't tell me you would sue the airline for injury and have them pay...be responsible. Flight can be unpredictable, and turbulence can happen withouth warning. An extra $300 ticket doesn't seem so bad now, does it?
There have been babies that have died in crash landings (Sioux City DC-10 & US Airways Flight 1016) that may have lived if they were properly restrained.
CC's first flight...buckled in:
Ben's first flight...buckled in: