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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA Continues to Advocate for Child Restraint Systems Onboard Aircraft

Date: February 13, 2006

Washington, DCFor more than 15 years, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) has been urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to require mandatory use of child restraint systems during takeoff, landing, and turbulence on board aircraft. 

This week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes their annual National Child Passenger Safety Week, geared at highlighting the importance of safely transporting children.  AFA-CWA continues to support this important week of awareness.

“FAA regulations require flight attendants to secure all items onboard an aircraft including carry-on baggage and coffee pots, but not infants and children under the age of two," said Christopher Witkowski, AFA-CWA Director of Air, Safety, Health and Security.  “This is about the safety of our smallest, most defenseless passengers and the safety of those around them. If the FAA and the airlines continue to allow children under two to be held on a parent's lap, many parents will continue to have the false impression that this practice is safe.”

Since 1999, the National Transportation Safety Board has listed restraint systems for infants and small children on their Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements.

For over 60 years, the Association of Flight Attendants has been serving as the voice for flight attendants in the workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill.  More than 46,000 flight attendants at 21 airlines come together to form AFA-CWA, the world’s largest flight attendant union. AFA is part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at .

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