6 Airline Policies That Support The Traveling Parent
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Air travel with kids can sometimes be an adventure in itself. But, here’s some good news, many airlines offer policies that support traveling parents. These policies help to relieve some of the stress and unknowns that can cast a shadow on your travel plans. I find that when traveling alone with a child, the airline crew can be very helpful and supportive, as long as you are vocal about your needs. Here are some policies to ask about on your next flight.
Infants Fly Free
Get those family vacations in while the kids are young because, on most domestic flights, infants under the age of 2 do not require their own seat or their own ticket. This cuts down greatly on your flight costs, making family travel much more budget-friendly.
Families Sit Together
United and many other airlines strive to seat children under age 15 with an accompanying adult family member. Either choose your seats early when booking online or ask when you check-in for seats together. Your request should be easily accommodated.
Strollers and Carseats Travel for Free
Strollers and car seats may be checked to your final destination free of charge. Baggage fees can add up quickly, so take advantage of this policy and bring all of the necessary travel safety equipment you need for your child without worrying about additional costs.
Airplane bathrooms are impossibly small spaces for diaper changes. However, many airplanes include changing tables for added convenience and comfort. United offers this on their Boeing 757-300, 767, 777, 787 and select 757-200 aircraft.
Delta and many other airlines provide complimentary baby bassinets on board. This is only available for passengers in select seats on equipped aircraft for some international flights. It’s certainly worth asking for one on your next flight. A sleeping baby is sometimes all you need for a moment of relaxation.
Carry-On Baby Food
According to tsa.gov, breast milk, formula, and baby food are “allowed in reasonable quantities in carry-on bags.” So pack what is needed for your flight and rest assured that your baby will have plenty of food for the trip.