Flying the Friendly Skies with Kids
You can start planning for a better trip the moment you start booking the flight.
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Sometimes people contact me and ask me to cover a topic in an area where I’m not fully confident. On more than one occasion I’ve been asked to provide tips for flying with kids. I have not yet taken my children on an airplane, so I had to contact some moms with more experience. I’ll be flying with my daughter in January. She’ll be five years old then and I’m not sure what to expect, but with the advice I’ve received, I think I’ll be prepared for just about anything.
I’m not going to go over the rules of the Transportation Security Administration. You can easily find the information you need to know at http://www.tsa.gov. Instead, I’m going to focus on how to have the most pleasant flight possible with your infant or child.
You can start planning for a better trip the moment you start booking the flight. You may have to alter your flight costs a bit, but red-eyes are almost always cheaper. A red-eye flight may offer you the most quiet time from your child because she just might sleep through most of it. If you have a child who is still napping at regular intervals, you could also schedule your flight around nap-time. Sleeping children are quiet children and everyone on the airplane can appreciate that.