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For Special Needs Travelers

If your child has a disability that requires hauling a brace to provide upper body support in an airplane seat, you know what a hassle it is to make arrangements months in advance with the airline. And you have to do it again before each subsequent trip! Check with your child’s physician or physical therapist to determine if the CARES child aviation restraint provides sufficient upper body support for your child. If it does – no more having to make arrangement weeks or months in advance with airlines because CARES is already certified for kids 22-44 lbs for all phases of flight. So, just book your flight, carry your 1 pound CARES on board in your pocket or purse, install it on any seat in one minute. And know that your child is secure for taxiing, take off, turbulence and landing.

IF YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS FLYER IS  OVER 44 LBS AND 40 INCHES TALL, YOU CAN ALSO USE CARES WITH A SPECIAL EXEMPTION FROM THE FAA.

Be sure you ask for the row in front of the bulkhead (this may be the last row of seats in the plane). This will allow you to use it during all phases of flight from takeoff to landing. To use CARES on US airlines, older children, teens, and adults with special needs must make a request to the FAA for an “exemption” from the standard CARES height and weight limits. This “exemption” will apply to ALL future flights.

Instructions on how to file an exemption request can be found below in the CARES FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FLYERS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE. When you are ready to purchase your CARES – if your special needs flyer is under 5 ft tall, the regular CARES will fit. If your special needs flyer is close to, or over 5 ft tall, you want to purchase “SPECIAL CARES” which extends to accommodate an adult flyer up to 6 ft.” Please see the table below for additional help.

Help Me Choose: CARES or Special CARES for a Special Needs Traveler?

Child Size CARES Special CARES Requires FAA Permit*
22-44 lbs; up to 40″ tall      X
Special needs flyers 41-56″ tall      X                   X
Special needs flyers over 5 ft. tall             X                   X

Note:  CARES / Special CARES is only FAA approved for children 22-44 lbs and up to 40 inches tall.

Key features:

  • CARES and Special CARES are only FAA certified for children up to 40 inches AND 44 pounds.
  • If the user is taller than 40 inches and over 44 lbs., a  SPECIAL PERMIT (EXEMPTION LETTER) MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE FAA. *
  • The user should carry this letter every time she/he flies.
  • FOR STEPS ON HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FAA EXEMPTION LETTER, see the section titles CARES for Special Needs Flyers.
  • Any child less than 44 lbs and 40 inches tall, can use it on any U.S. air carrier.

* The FAA permit is actually a letter, (called an exemption letter), which ‘exempts’ a flyer from the FAA rules regarding size restrictions and allows a larger special needs individual to use CARES. This letter may be needed for CARES (if the flyer is larger than 44 lbs and 40 inches), and is always needed when using Special CARES.

FAQs for Special Needs Travelers

How Do I Make a Request for a FAA Exemption?

To make your request (which the FAA calls a “Petition for Exemption”), please follow the steps outlined below

  • Use the template letter #1 “Request to Use CARES for Larger/Older Persons” below to create your petition in WORD (or other document).
  • Complete the items printed in italics inserting the name of your child and other pertinent information where appropriate. Save the document when you are done.
  • Go to: http://www.regulations.gov/ and enter “FAA-2007-0001-0001” into the “SEARCH for: Rules, Comments, Adjudications or Supporting documents:” and click “Search”.
  • Click the “Comment Now!” button on the right side of the page.
  • Fill out the information requested under #1 “ENTER INFORMATION” on the left side of the page.
  • Go to #3 “UPLOAD FILES(s) (Optional)”. Click the “Choose File” button and upload the petition you created and saved.
  • Click “Submit”  (If you need further assistance, you may contact [email protected].)
What to expect when you request an FAA exemption

Expect to wait approximately 6-8 weeks for your letter to arrive. Although this is a fairly streamlined and fast process, each exemption is individually reviewed by a small team of technical analysts at the FAA. It takes time to give each request the individual attention it deserves. Please be patient, the nice people at the FAA want to ensure your traveler is as safe and comfortable as you do. But every request can’t be rushed through in time for that trip next week!

 

What if My Letter Doesn’t Arrive in Time for my Trip?

Relax! The good news is that you can still use your CARES restraint for most of the flight. Without your exemption letter, you will not be allowed to use it during ground movement, take-off, or landing, but you CAN use it during the rest of the flight.

 

My Exemption Expired, How Do I Request an Extension for a Previously Granted FAA Exemption?

When the FAA issues someone an exemption to a regulation, the grant of exemption always includes a termination date. Most of the grants of exemption to allow someone with a disability (who exceeds the height or weight limits) to use CARES have a termination date that is five years from the date the exemption was granted. Three or four months before the exemption terminates, the FAA will send the person who requested the exemption a postcard to remind them that if they wish to extend the exemption (usually for another five years), they must submit a request to the FAA via www.regulations.gov.  To submit a request for an extension of a previously granted exemption please follow the steps outlined below:

  • Use the template letter #2 “Request for an Extension of a Previously Granted Exemption to use CARES for Larger/Older Persons” below to create your petition in WORD (or other document).
  • Complete the items printed in italics inserting the name of your child and other pertinent information where appropriate. Save the document when you are done.
  • Go to www.regulations.gov and enter the Docket Number that is on your original exemption (and will also be on the postcard that the FAA sends to you) into the “SEARCH for: Rules, Comments, Adjudications or Supporting documents:” and click “Search”.
  • Click the “Comment Now!” button on the right side of the page.
  • Fill out the information requested under #1 “ENTER INFORMATION” on the left side of the page.
  • Go to #3 “UPLOAD FILES(s) (Optional)”. Click the “Choose File” button and upload the request for an extension you created and saved.
  • Click “Submit”
Actual FAA Government Document for Your Information
Below is the actual FAA Government Document for YOUR information and need not be included in your request to use CARES for your special needs larger child, teenager, or adult.
SEATS, SAFETY, AND SHOULDER HARNESS

(b) Except as provided in this paragraph, each person on board an airplane operated under this part shall occupy an approved seat or berth with a separate safety belt properly secured about him or her during movement on the surface, takeoff, and landing. A safety belt provided for the occupant of a seat may not be used by more than one person who has reached his or her second birthday. Notwithstanding the preceding requirements, a child may:

(1) Be held by an adult who is occupying an approved seat or berth, provided the child has not reached his or her second birthday and the child does not occupy or use any restraining device; or

(2) Notwithstanding any other requirement of this chapter, occupy an approved child restraint system furnished by the certificate holder or one of the persons described in paragraph (b)(2)(i) of this section, provided:

(i) The child is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or attendant designated by the child’s parent or guardian to attend to the safety of the child during the flight;

(ii) Except as provided in paragraph (b)(2)(ii)(D) of this section, the approved child restraint system bears one or more labels as follows:

(A) Seats manufactured to U.S. standards between January 1, 1981, and February 25, 1985, must bear the label: “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”

(B) Seats manufactured to U.S. standards on or after February 26, 1985, must bear two labels:

(1) “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards”; and

(2) “THIS RESTRAINT IS CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT” in red lettering;

(C) Seats that do not qualify under paragraphs (B)(2)(ii)(A) and (b)(2)(ii)(B) of this section must bear a label or markings showing:

(1) That the seat was approved by a foreign government;

(2) That the seat was manufactured under the standards of the United Nations; or

(3) That the seat or child restraint device furnished by the certificate holder was approved by the FAA through Type Certificate or Supplemental Type Certificate.

(4) That the seat or child restraint device furnished by the certificate holder, or one of the persons described in paragraph (b) (2) (i) of this section, was approved by the FAA in accordance with §21.305(d) or Technical Standard Order C–100b, or a later version.

(D) Except as provided in §121.311(b)(2)(ii)(C)( 3 ) and §121.311(b)(2)(ii)(C)( 4 ), booster-type child restraint systems (as defined in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 (49 CFR 571.213)), vest- and harness-type child restraint systems, and lap held child restraints are not approved for use in aircraft; and

(iii) The certificate holder complies with the following requirements:

(A) The restraint system must be properly secured to an approved forward-facing seat or berth;

(B) The child must be properly secured in the restraint system and must not exceed the specified weight limit for the restraint system; and

(C) The restraint system must bear the appropriate label(s).

Instructions

Installation Instructions:
  1. Seat your child in the airplane seat he or she will occupy.
  2. Lower the tray table behind your child’s seat.
  3. Slide the RED LOOP of the CARES restraint over the seat back, adjust the height of the RED LOOP so it is just above your child’s shoulders, and tighten it.  Then close the tray table covering the Red Loop.
  4. Place the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS over your child’s shoulders and slide the buckle and connecter ends of the regular airplane seat belt through the loops at the bottom of the BLACK SHOULDER STRAPS.
  5. Buckle the seat belt and pull it snugly across your child’s lap as you normally would do – and then buckle the chest clip and snug down the Shoulder Straps.

Your child is now safely buckled for taxiing, take off, landing and whenever during flight the Captain turns on the ‘fasten seat belt’ sign.  AmSafe joins the FAA and the airlines in recommending that you keep your seat belt and your child’s CARES fastened at all times when in flight.

 

Download CARES Instructions & Safety-Card

Documents & Resources

CARES Child Aviation Restraint System is the only harness-style child safety device approved for aircraft use by the FAA. Here, you’ll find proof of FAA certification, as well as international approval documentation and resources for CARES. You may want to carry the “FAA Website” or appropriate International Certification letter with you when you fly

 

Kids Fly Safe Documents

 

FAA Documents

 

FAA Exemption Letter Templates

 

International Certifications, Documents, and Resources

 

Resources

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