Traveling with kids can be quite challenging and if you are travelling by plane, there are many situations, you do not feel comfortable sometimes. Finding the best airplane seat for your child can also be quite an adventure. Your kid is full of energy, wants to jump around, but on plane, they have to be still for some time and all the extra space you can get on the plane, can save you some hard times. I understand completely, we have been there and it is quite demanding to “survive”. When you travel with children with an airplane, check the following:
- find out what kind of airplane type we will be flying with (you have the information on your flight ticket or you can get it at your airliner),
- check the airplane map (see below),
- look for a part of the airplane where these is not much noise (we avoid the area where is the kitchenette or the serving facilities – when the airplane stuff is serving the food or/and beverage, there could be some heavy noise), so when children will sleep, they will not be disturbed so much,
- look for a part of the plane where there is a little more space for the kids to at least stand once in awhile (that is usually possible on a bigger planes, on small ones is almost impossible). One option is also to give your child the possibility before flight that he or she runs around the terminal building as much as it is possible,
- look for a part of a plane that the toilette is quite near, because on of the boys can not wait for a long time when he needs a toilet.
If you are that kind of a parent that it helps you plan in front to save you some nerves (like I am), I recommend you you always check the airplane seating map in front and try to allocate the seats that suits you and your family the most. Check the seats in advance on Seatguru, where you can check which seats are the most convenient for you. It is an excellent site which helps you to see the airplane map (you can choose exact airplane type you will fly with and the exact route you will be traveling).
Kids are not allowed to sit in the aisle (because of the safety issues, little legs or arm must not be in the aisle, because could be hit by other passengers or by stewardess).
We always make a reservation online before we check in. So far we have not paid for any seat reservation and we always got the seat that we wanted for free (no extra charges).