One Airline Bucks the Trend and Actually Courts Babies (In Utero)Meredith Carroll
The airline industry has made it abundantly clear in recent months that they don’t want babies on board.
From family ghettos in the back to kid bans in the front, we get it: little ones are not welcome. (Truth be told, most moms also don’t want to fly with their kids, but Child Protective Services is picky about minors being left home alone, plus, it’s a pain to try and teach toddlers how to light the stove to make their own mac and cheese while their folks are away).
One airline, however, has emerged as the exception to the baby-hating rule.
Asiana Airlines, which is one of South Korea’s two major airlines, recognizes that moms are special. Particularly moms-to-be, according to Yahoo Travel. They offer something called Pre-Mom Service in which expectant mothers in all sections of the plane are gifted with warm socks, seats near the bathroom and high-priority luggage delivery upon landing. Women in all stages of their pregnancy are welcome, although if you’re at least 32 weeks along you’ll need written permission from your ob-gyn.
Had your baby already? Try out Asiana’s “Happy Mom” service, which is available for passengers traveling on flights longer than 10 hours. If you’ve got a kid under 24 months old with you, you will be welcome at exclusive check-in counters and offered a nursing cover free of charge.
It’s nice to know at least one airline is looking out for future and current moms. Maybe other airlines can press pause on their in-flight movies in order to take notes and follow suit.
Can you imagine flying on an airline that actually welcomes your children?