Life Of a Southern Mom had the pleasure of working with Kids Fly Safe to review their CARES Airplane Safety Harness. Kids Fly Safe offers the only easy, FAA approved way for small children to fly. The CARES Airplane Safety Harness was invented by Louise Stoll, grandmother of 9. Twelve years ago Louise was at the airport to pick up her daughter. Her daughter, seven months pregnant, arrived carrying her toddler, a large car seat and a diaper bag. Louise looked at her husband and told him that there has to be a better way. Later that evening, she sat down and began to sketch. CARES has been on the market for about 5 years now. In September of 2006, the FAA certified CARES- the first and only alternative to a car seat permitted on planes.*


CARES Child Aviation Restraint System is designed specifically for aviation use for children over the age of 1 who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds.* These children are old enough for their own seat, but the seat belt alone is not enough to protect them during normal air travel, let alone an emergency. “Their bodies cannot withstand the jolts that are common in routine air travel, much less emergency situations, and they flail forward or slide beneath the seat belt if they are not held securely in place.”* They also offer CARES for fliers with special needs. Here is why CARES is an invaluable travel solution for young children:

  • CARES is the first and only harness type Aviation Child Safety Device to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an alternative to a car seat.
  • CARES is an elegantly designed belt-and-buckle device that works in conjunction with the regular airplane seat belt and provides young travelers the same level of safety as a car seat.
  • CARES weighs just one pound and fits into a 6″ stuff sack! It is easily portable, simple to install, adjustable to every size airplane seat, and usable on any window or center seat in the airplane, except in the emergency exit rows.
  • Need your car seat on the other end of the trip? Just check it through as luggage – and carry CARES on board in your pocket!*


I LOVE CARES! It was a great alternative to a bulk car seat to use on the plane while we traveled. Honestly, I don’t know how I would have been able to travel without it. Traveling with small children is tough, but traveling with them on your own is even harder. On this trip it was myself, my 3 year old and my 6 month old. My hands were full between the kids, the diaper bag, a carry-on, my sons backpack and a double stroller. There was no way I would have been able to travel with a car seat too. The CARES Child Aviation Restraint  System is small and convenient. I easily fit in the diaper bag and didn’t take up too much space. Putting it together was a breeze. After closing some buckles and adjusting of straps my toddler was ready to fly safe. There was no fuss either because it resembles car seat buckles and straps. My son was content flying in his CARES harness. I was happy that he was extra secure in his FAA certified harness. Next time we fly I will not be leaving home without my CARES Airplane Safety Harness!

CARES is available for purchase at and retail for $74.95. (Worth Every Penny!!)

To Learn more about Kids Fly Safe visit HERE!

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