It seems apparent from the interview with Matt Lauer today that at least one baby on board US Air flight 1549 was a “lap baby”.
This is one lucky little kid. The male passenger sitting next to the mother offered to “brace” the unrestrained baby for impact and she handed him over. I’m not sure what he did but he deserves credit for doing something right because the baby appears uninjured during today’s interview with his parents.
Now, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I don’t think parents should count on the intuitions of the guy seated next to them to protect their children in a crash. Sure, you could get lucky (this mother and child surely did) but I wouldn’t take those odds to Vegas. Especially not when there’s practically a sure thing – an FAA approved carseat.