Narrator: This is Science Today. If child restraining seats were required on commercial airlines for children under the age of two, it would not only be costly, but would cause more deaths than it prevents. Epidemiologist Thomas Newman of the University of California, San Francisco says that's because people may opt to drive instead. Newman adds there are many other safety interventions that would save more lives for the money spent for an airline child seat regulation.
Newman: I think this one comes out the most expensive, if there is any benefit at all, and we estimate there probably wouldn't be because of the increase in road deaths.
Narrator: Newman says a better approach would have the airlines accommodating the parents who opt to have their infant in a restraint seat.
Newman: A much lower cost and safer option would be instead of requiring every family to buy a seat for their child, to require the airlines to make the last seats sold on any flights be those next to parents of children under two.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.