Gear Review: Kids Fly Safe CARES Harness


Product Description: The CARES (Child Aviation REstraint System) child restraint is a harness made for airplane travel. The plane’s lap belt feeds through the bottom of the harness, while the top loops around the back of the airplane seat. A chest buckle keeps it on, making it feel similar to car seat straps.  It’s designed for kids 1 year and up, weighing 22-44 pounds, and standing no more than 40 inches tall.

The FAA website states: “If you’re using a CARES child safety device, make sure it has “FAA Approved in Accordance with 14 CFR 21.8(d), Approved for Aircraft Use Only” or “FAA Approved in Accordance with 14 CFR 21.305(d), Amd 21.50 6-9-1980, Approved for Aircraft Use Only” on it.”

Cost: USD$69.95.

Can be purchased at Amazon.



  • A little pricey.
  • It requires putting down the tray table of the passenger behind you.
  • No strap between the legs to keep child from slipping down in their seat.

Recommendation: Yes. Kept our son safely in his seat, and so much easier than working a car seat into place, let alone carrying it through the airport. I would consider bringing something non-slip, such as grip liner, for my son to sit on next time to avoid him slipping down in his seat. Not a deal-breaker though, I would still recommend it.

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