So, as it turns out, the Americans are pretty lax with toddler safety on a plane. On the two Hawaiian Airlines inter-island flights we took (Honolulu (Oahu) – Kahului (Maui)), there were no seatbelts for the kids on laps. When we asked the cabin crew about it, they mentioned that Australians always asked them about seatbelts for toddlers, but they didn’t have them and never have.
So there you have it.
Honestly, I don’t think the lap sashes that we use on Australian airlines would make that much difference in a crash, but they could definitely help if you’re trying to wrestle a squirmy baby during turbulence, or a rough landing. For my money, I’d prefer to have them than not.
No idea if they are required in Hawaiian international flights out of Australia, although I presume they would be. I guess we’ll just have to go back to Hawaii on Hawaiian Airlines to find out.
And just for the hell of it, here’s some photos of coming in to land on Maui on HA216 on July 17.
And leaving Maui en route to Oahu on HA365 on July 24