crs: Safety first: DGCA asks airlines to ensure flyers kith kids use ‘child restraint systems’

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NEW DELHI: Indian carriers have been asked to “encourage and increase” the use of child restraint system (CRS) by passengers travelling by air with infants or children.” Implementing a key recommendation emerging from the probe of Air India Express August 2020 crash-landing in Calicut, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued an advisory to airlines in this regard.
“Proper use of restraints is one of the most basic and important factor in surviving an accident. 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 safest way to secure an infant or child on board an aircraft is CRS, in a dedicated seat, appropriate for that infant or child,” the advisory says.
CRS is a device, other than a seat belt, designed specifically to protect and restrain an infant or child during all phases of flight through an internal harness and belt combination. The device needs to interface with the aircraft seat and is secured using the aircraft seat belt as well as systems that secure the device to the aircraft seat.
Airlines have been asked to develop processes and policies to enable use of CRS on board their aircraft. “Airlines may also make available on their Web sites the width of the narrowest and widest passenger seats in each class of service for each make, model, and series of airplane used in passenger-carrying operations and prohibit the use of certain types of Child restraint system during ground movement, take-off, and landing,” it adds.

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