NTSB: Secure Babies During Flight “To Ensure Safety”

January 8, 2024

… we would urge passengers to put their children under 2 in their own seat, in an FAA-approved car seat, so that they are secure and that they are safe in case something like this happens.

United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy in a press conference following Friday night’s emergency landing of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jet. Homendy noted, “On the plane were three babies held in the laps of caregivers.”

Big Picture: Alaska Airlines commercial Boeing 737 Max 9 jet had to emergency land Friday night after a “door plug” (a panel put over an unused emergency exit) blew out from the plane seven minutes into the flight. While an investigation remains ongoing, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ordered the grounding of certain Boeing planes – about 171 planes in total – causing widespread flight delays and cancellations. Just a heads up from The APAlaska and United are the only two U.S. passenger airlines that operate Max 9 aircraft (the affected plane). The NTSB followed up with more chilling information for passengers and families – we cover these updates at around 17 minutes into our SCOOP report: watch or listen.

Read More: 3 infants unsecured during mid-air scare, NTSB chair says (23 ABC News)


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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas