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Former NTSB chair pushes for required child safety seats on planes

WASHINGTON (WKRC) -- According to USA Today, the outgoing chair of the National Transport Safety Board, Deborah Hersman, said that child safety seats need to be required on planes.

Hersman served on the board for 10 years and is now leaving to serve on the National Safety Council. In her farewell speech at the National Press Club, Hersman said that one of the biggest disappointments was that safety seats weren't required on planes for children.

Hersman used United Flight 232 as an example. The flight crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 185 people. Only 11 people survived. Parents on that flight were told to hold on to their children, but many couldn't find them later.

"Those mothers couldn't hold onto their babies," Hersman said. "Nobody could have."

That experience prompted a flight attendant to lobby for required child safety seats, but the FAA will continue to allow parents to hold children up to 2-years-old in their laps during flights.




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