Trip Tips: Flying with Kids

Pre-Flight & Boarding

  • Your baby is not the first to travel by plane; flight attendants know what to do. If you need help, ask.
  • Your baby will be much safer and more comfortable on an airplane when in a car seat. The familiarity will help your baby to relax. Ask for help as you board the plane; most people are more than willing to help. When you check in, ask the gate agent if your car seat will fit in your assigned seat. They may be able to change your seat if they foresee a problem. Your car seat should have a sticker that says whether it is certified for airplane travel. Most airplane seats have armrests that lift up and out of the way. So, even if your car seat is a little wide, it will still fit in the seat.
  • To make boarding easier, wheel the stroller right down the airplane aisle. Some of them, like the Combi Savvy Stroller, fold right up and can be stored in the overhead bin.
  • If your child is awake and restless prior to the departure time, don't take the "pre-boarding" privilege offered to parents of young children. Let them continue to run around in the wide spaces of the terminal rather than be cramped and hot on the plane waiting for everyone else to board. Let the gate agent know you're doing this; they may offer to at least take some of your carry-ons on board for you. If you're two parents traveling together, let one parent board with the stuff while the other stays with the child.
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