A carseat in the cab?
We like to think we're seasoned travelers. Now with two kids in tow, we have the whole thing down to a science. The girls know when we hit the front of the security line, they need to take off jackets, empty pockets, take off shoes. We aren't as quick as we like, but we still manage to do ok, considering....
We typically travel with the carseats (complete with its own carseat carrier bag where we can stuff our bulky coats and jackets to check-in during winter travels) unless we're sure we're staying in the city where we can take public transit or foot to all our favorite destinations. We had our first daughter in nyc, and we practiced the common knowledge: "taxi cabs and buses are exempt from car seat laws." I wish I could link to something that affirmed our belief. For all I know, this could have been city urban myth. Still, I believe other parent friends shared our belief.
Several years, another kid, and a coupla cities later, we still believe that taxi cabs are exempt from the car seat laws. When we travel, if we expect to never set foot in a car aside from a cab to & fro the airport, we forgo packing the carseat. And, that is travelling light.
Last weekend, we traveled to Philadelphia without carseats. We arrived at midnight and were denied by the first two cabs who pulled up to us. Cabbies would look at the girls and just drive past. I was pretty darn shocked. When we asked the attendant at the cabbie stand, she said, "Oh no. You NEED car seats for the babies." But..... what about all that stuff how taxis are exempt? The attendant said she'd call us a cab with car seats, but it could take 20 minutes. A moment later, another cabbie drove up and said he'd take us downtown. It was about 30 degrees and 12 midnight. We hopped in and held onto each other.
So, what ARE the rules? Of course we know that breast is best and carseats are also best. When we travelled in Asia, where carseats are used only by royalty, our 4-month old sat happily on my lap.
And, oh, on a related topic - here are some tips on traveling with the tots from a previous post ....