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NTSB Chair Urges Child Seats in Planes

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The departing chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Deborah Hersman, urged Monday for child safety seats to be required on planes, according to USA Today.

The newspaper said that in her farewell speech at the National Press Club after 10 years on the board, Hersman said that "one of her great disappointments" was that child safety seats are not required for kids on planes.

Hersman gave the example of United Flight 232, which crashed in 1989 in Sioux, Iowa. The crash killed 185 people, while 111 survived. Before the crash, parents were told to hold on to their kids, but some were later unable to find them.  

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

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The experience prompted a flight attendant to lobby for the requirement of child seats in planes.

USA Today said the FAA will allow parents to hold children up to 2 years old in their laps on flights.

Hersman is leaving the NTSB to become head of the National Safety Council.

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