If you have a child and are traveling, do you travel without a travel bag for your car seat? This is something I see often at the airport and it makes me cringe. Your car seat needs a cover when you travel, please let me tell you why.
When you check your bag, it doesn’t immediately go to the plane. It has to go down several conveyer belts, many different hands touch it and it often sits in carts with other bags surrounding it. The carts that are used at the airport are not the cleanest, and not all of them are covered so if you don’t have a car seat cover, the seat your precious child sits in will be completely filthy by the time it gets to your destination.
This pic below shows you how some of the carts are open, it had just stopped raining. If these car seats had a cover on them, they would have been protected from the elements.
This car seat was on top of all the bags which means it’s not getting crushed by others but it is still getting dirty.
All airlines are the same, there is no airline that will take special care of your car seat. It is luggage and will be delivered to your destination but there will be no special treatment for your child’s seat. But really, if you don’t take special care to cover your child’s seat before you travel, how can you expect the airlines to treat it any differently than a normal bag?