Installing Marathon on an airplane?

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Registered: 07-13-2006
Installing Marathon on an airplane?
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Fri, 05-07-2010 - 6:45pm

I am going to be traveling and have a question on installing the Marathon on an airplane.  I get the lapbelt install.  But my question is what do I do about the tether?


 


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Registered: 06-18-2004
Fri, 05-07-2010 - 7:29pm

You can't use the top tether on the plane. You'll want to roll up the top tether and put it in the little pouch in the cover of your seat.


Are you installing the seat rf or ff? Rear-facing is easier - and it has the added benefit of letting your child kick his own seat instead of the person in front of him. However, if you are installing the seat ff, there are some tricks you need to know so the seat doesn't get stuck.


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Registered: 04-02-2001
Fri, 05-07-2010 - 8:48pm

Hi There. We have flown many many times with our Marathon ( LOVE IT ) one thing I always, on every carrier, as I walk on ,I ask flight attendent for a seat belt extender. Granted there have been a couple really big jets we haven't needed it on but 90% of time we do and you dont want to wait until you are at your seat cuz it will take forever for someone to be able to bring one to you.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 05-10-2010 - 11:08pm

YES! Get the seatbelt extender!!! I had read that here, but forgot...I was able to easily buckle it and then tighten it (forward facing). The problem was loosening it...the metal part on the buckle has to open completely but since it was inside (for lack of better word) the seat there wasn't enough clearance.

I realized this would be a problem and started trying to unbuckle it as we taxied to the gate (terrible, I know). I was the very last person off the plane by a few minutes...and had scratches and bruises all over my arms.

I remembered to get one the next time and undoing it was a cinch because one of the buckles was outside the seat.

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Registered: 07-13-2006
Wed, 05-12-2010 - 3:20am

Awesome advice ladies. Thank you so much!

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Registered: 06-18-2004
Wed, 05-12-2010 - 12:51pm

Seatbelt extender is one trick.


The other trick is to flip the buckle. If you are putting the seatbelt around yourself, you would place the buckle so you can pull it out in front of you. Flip the buckle so if you were using it, it would be pointed at your body. This also makes it easier to undo the buckle.


If your DD is under the rf limit of your seat (35lbs, I believe - depending on date of manufacture), I'd recommend using it rear-facing on the plane.