Airlines made Plane and Simple
Taking to the skies is no easy feat especially when little ones are concerned. Being prepared and sticking to some simple survival tactics given on our travelling by plane page will certainly help, but knowing what to expect from your airline will also help you plan for your journey.
Most airlines claim to have become more family
friendly and on first inspection you might think this to be true.
No doubt, children's entertainment on the seat back TV is a blessing
for those with toddlers and on board goody bags are great too, but
those travelling with babies and younger toddlers will find it hard
to appreciate these and may beg to differ with the airlines
point of view.
Firstly, there is the whole fiasco with trying to
book the bassinette on the bulkhead seats. Many airlines simply
won't allow you to pre-book these seats, so if this is the case
for you, get to the airport super early and make sure you bag these
seats. The loos on the planes are tiny, which makes nappy changing
with a baby over the age of 1 year a real challenge. Finally, some
of the budget airlines have introduced a priority boarding booking
fee for UK departures so you'll have to pay to get on board first.
Amongst the least family friendly airlines is American Airlines,
who do not have any services for families with children- not even
Having said all this, some airlines have taken the needs of families with young children seriously and addressed them directly. Among the best of these are Gulf Air, which have introduced a Sky Nanny Service across all classes, Singapore Airlines, which do allow you to pre-book your skycot and have emergency supplies at hand and finally British Airways who have bottle and food warming services as well as Skycots and priority boarding.
Below is an outline of the services available
on the most popular airlines. If you have travelled with any of
the airlines featured here, we would love to hear from you and find
out how you got on. Read others experiences
and tell us your own.