airportDo I need to bring a booster seat  to fly with my daughter? This simple question has produced enough surprises and pitfalls it’s amazing there hasn’t been a movie made about it.

I’m preparing for my first flight with my pre-kindergartener and getting my proverbial ducks in a line, including all the safety items we’ll need – or not need.

My husband will drive us to the airport, after which we’ll be on our way to sunny Florida, armed with enough sunscreen to cover the state’s population, as well as hats, sunglasses and maybe even a swim suit or two if there’s room.

But a booster seat? That’s still up in the air, so to speak. The airline we’re flying doesn’t allow it to be used during taxiing, takeoff or landing, making things awkward situation if we do want to use one. The ground transportation we’re using at our destination might not allow it, either – if it’s a (shuttle) van or bus, there probably aren’t even seat belts available to strap it down to, leaving me with visions of my precious daughter bouncing around the van like a loose cannonball.

On the other hand, if we take a car, there most definitely will be seat belts and, because this is Mickey Mouse territory, there may even be a car seat or booster in the trunk that can easily be installed for my daughter when we need it.

Do you bring a booster with you when traveling with kids? Why or why not?

Teresa J. Shaw covers Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw