““[Bill Gates] has been historically one of my best supporters…One of my favorite e-mails he ever sent me…I proposed this crazy project. And he sent back this two-line response: ‘This has got to be the craziest thing you’ve ever suggested. Please proceed.’” ”
Keeping Kids Safe In-Flight
Two companies are promoting new child seat-restraint systems for in-flight use.
AmSafe Aviation of Phoenix's system employs an adjustable harness designed to fit any aircraft seat and is appropriate for children weighing 22 to 44 pounds (ages about 2 to 4). According to inventor Louise Stoll, it sells for about $75 through
UK-based Mann Aviation Group Engineering of Surrey, meanwhile, is offering a padded-seat-and-harness restraint system that attaches using the standard aircraft seatbelt. It weighs less than six pounds and is designed for both forward and aft-facing positions and for children from infancy through 44 pounds. For additional information, contact Mann Aviation's interior division at +44 1 276 857 888, or e-mail
Both systems have been approved by the FAA, which encourages use of child-safety devices on airplanes, but doesn't require them.