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A Study on the Air Travel Safety of Infants and Children

영유아 항공 여행 안전성에 관한 고찰

  • 김선아 (한국항공대학교 항공우주법 전공) ;
  • 최윤서 (한국항공대학교 항공우주법학과) ;
  • 김선이 (한국항공대학교 항공교통학부)
  • Received : 2018.05.01
  • Accepted : 2017.09.11
  • Published : 2018.09.30

Abstract

It is mandatory to use car seats for infants and children in the private vehicles in accordance with the traffic law of Korea. Recently, legislation has also been proposed to expand the use car seats to express and intercity buses. This reflects a growing consensus that mandatory infant and child car seats, both for private and commercial vehicles, are essential. However, Korean laws concerning infants and children on board aircraft allow parents or guardians to hold children under two years of age on their laps without any restraint devices. It is not possible for a parent to physically restrain an infant or child, especially during a sudden acceleration or deceleration, unanticipated or severe turbulence, or impact. The use of CRS provides an equivalent level of safety to infants and children as that afforded to adult passengers wearing seat belts. But there is no regulation even about Child Restraint Systems on board aircraft in Korea. To enhance their safety, infants and children should be restrained in an approved child restraint system that is appropriate to their weight and height. It is necessary to examine whether infants and children in flight can achieve the same level of safety as an adult.

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