Flying with Grandkids
How to reach your destination without travel tantrums from your grandchildren
No grandparent wants to trade places with the family whose travel plans came to a sudden halt when their 3-year-old grandchild wouldn’t stay in her seat during takeoff. With airlines facing increased safety concerns, unruly passengers, no matter what their age, will be asked to disembark if they’re not able to follow the rules.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations require that any child, age 2 and older, must have his own seat with a buckled seat belt before the aircraft can takeoff. In this case, the flight had already been delayed 15 minutes while the parents tried to convince their child to stay seated. Flight personnel requested they disembark and even though the family was reimbursed the costs of their tickets and provided three roundtrip tickets to anywhere the airline flew, they were left scrambling for alternate travel plans.
If you’re planning a family getaway involving air travel with a toddler or pre-schooler, here are a few ideas that may help keep your grandson in his seat, you on schedule and the other passengers commenting on what a well-behaved grandchild you have.
Before You Board
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