What Do YOU Have To Say About Families and Airline Travel? (VIDEO)Danielle Smith
Admittedly, I have some fairly strong opinions about this: Kids and families on airplanes. Mull that around in your brain right now for a moment. I suspect you have an opinion as well. I also suspect it is based on your personal experience.
It may be you believe FIRMLY you should never be forced to sit next to a screaming child.
Or that parents with young children should ALWAYS be allowed to pre-board.
Or that they NEVER should.
Possibly you are frustrated that your family is frequently forced to split up when flying.
Maybe you are bone-tired of being the person ASKED to accommodate the family trying to sit together.
Or you can’t believe the audacity of airlines thinking about or already charging for booking advance seat assignments.
It is all a bit headache-inducing now, isn’t it? Here’s the thing: I’ve been traveling with my small people since they were 6 weeks old, and I’ve been extremely lucky. They are good, non-screaming, non-kick-your-seat, non-harass-other-passenger small travelers. Except that ONE time my then 18 month old daughter had a non-contagious, but extremely painful ear infection. And that was enough to give me a taste of how miserable it is to be the object of other passenger’s hatred. I felt small and miserable; unable to help my little girl and unable to placate the angry mob.
But travel as of late is equally as complicated because it seems there is always a juggle to keep us together. And it ISN’T because I’m booking flights at the last minute. It is because I’m not allowed at the time of booking to choose seat assignments and then putting the puzzle pieces together at the gate seems to be a feat of epic proportions.
The question I have: WHY am I no longer allowed to choose my seat assignments when I book? AND…. why would we automatically not be lumped together?
I trust it is just this type of conundrum – along with many airline’s decision to start charging for the ‘pleasure’ of choosing seats in advance that has prompted New York Democrat Jerrold Nadler to introduce a bill this month requiring the transportation secretary to establish regulations that would ensure that families sit together “to the extent practicable.”
More thoughts in the video.
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