POSTED: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:08pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 24, 2011 - 3:53am
Washington, D.C. (NBC) — Domestic summer air travel is expected to be up about 1.5% this summer over last, according to the Air Transport Association of America.
With that in mind, the FAA is putting out reminders to the public on how to make air travel safer, especially when it comes to young children.
Veda Shook, President of the Association of Flight Attendants, reminds parents that an FAA-approved child safety seat is the best option.
Of course, using that safety seat means buying an extra ticket or taking a chance.
Shook said, "Even if you've already purchased your ticket this summer and did not buy one for a child under two, you can still bring your child restraint seat with you to the gate, talk to the gate agent and if there happens to be an open seat on your
flight, you can use that."
But if there's no extra seat, the child restraint seat will be checked at no cost.
When it comes to grown up passengers, Shook suggests travel can also be made quicker, safer and easier by not pushing the limits of overhead bins, restricting carry-on bags to valuables, medications and items needed in flight.
Shook also says flight attendants time spent repeatedly reminding passengers to turn off cellphones, like the one that interrupted her news conference, could get flights in the air quicker.