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23/04/2013 at 13:24
Looking for a bit of advice. We are off to a wedding in Spain in September and will be flying with Ryanair as they are the only people who fly to Cambrils (other than Thompson who are more expensive). We are a family of 7 - me and husband, twins of 17 months, twins of 3 and a six year old. Does anyone know the rules regarding children sitting with their parents - I'm loathe to pay for priority boarding if there is a regulation which says children under a certain age must sit with their parents. We don't mind not sitting all together but want it to be parent and 2 kids and parent and 3 kids.
23/04/2013 at 13:44
Jellybaby is an air hostess so she will know the proper rules for flying with children. However Ryanair might not abide by those rules! I've flown with them before with kids, didn't pay for priority because they used to board priority seats first then those travelling with children. I'd send my H and one child up the front to kick / fight his way on, then we'd catch up later.
23/04/2013 at 14:29
A few years ago they used to allow people travelling with children to board first. Now they don't. I'd pay for the extra priority boarding in your case.
23/04/2013 at 14:38
I did wonder that Mossy. I'd pay priority too in that case.
23/04/2013 at 14:43
Thanks - a bit loathe to pay out for it as it's already costing us £900 and that's without any suitcases!
23/04/2013 at 14:52
I hate Ryanair! I would rather take the car and ferry to Ireland (like we do most years) then struggle with his stupid policies!
23/04/2013 at 14:53
How much ar the Thompson flights? I'd rather walk than give them my money too.
23/04/2013 at 15:00
We always drive to Ireland - much easier as we can take mountains of luggage with us as well. BA is the same price, flight times are better, all 5 of us get baggage in the hold plus hand luggage and a handbag, they take both pushchairs for free and you get drinks and snacks included. They go to Barcelona and then we'd have to hire a car so a bit more out the way. Thompson is £1400
23/04/2013 at 15:03
BA have become really good with their European flights since joining forces with Iberia. I'd drive from Barca if it were me. Like you say you get all the extras included.
We're flying BA to Alicante in Aug.
23/04/2013 at 15:06
How on earth can small children be expected to sit apart from their parents? Has the world gone mad?
If that is in fact true, why not let the 17m olds sit on their own and you can sit at the back drinking vodkas!
23/04/2013 at 15:29
Noone is saying that's true Pingu but I wouldn't be surprised with Ryanair. There is a rule per adult & child ratio just unsure what it is. And I think infants on laps have to be in middle? or is it aisle? Anyway they have to be seated in a certain seat.
23/04/2013 at 15:37
I just can't understand how Ryanair can expect small children to not sit by their parents! Just another way to get money out of families I suppose :-(
I do remember once travelling on a plane (must have been a while ago, I haven't been for 5 years) and one family had to split up as you can only have one child on a lap in the row of seats - so you couldn't sit next to each other and each have a child on your laps.
Gosh flying is so complicated, I can't imagine ever doing it again to be honest!! Good luck to anyone who tries it!
23/04/2013 at 15:40
Loads of budget airlines are the same, Easyjet etc. During the summer holidays it's a real *** fight getting people to move seats so parent / child can sit together. However I don't need to be sat with my husband as long as me and child are safe that's cool. People can be unreal!
I think the rules is to do with the number of life jackets / masks in the rows.
23/04/2013 at 18:03
You will only be able to have one lap infant in each row as there is only one extra oxygen in each row, and in fact on some of our aircraft it is only in every other row.
As for Ryanair's policies, well who knows. They are governed by the Irish Aviation Authority who seem to be able to write the rules to keep Mr O'Leary happy. On a CAA registered carrier a child can not be seated more than 1 row or 1 aisle away from their guardian. That does mean a child can be in the row in front or behind, that wouldn't be considered as being seated apart.
I have to say that I wouldn't risk not paying for priority boarding as I am fairly sure that Ryanair wouldn't give two hoots whether you were sat in your preferred arrangement or not, as long as the aircraft takes off on time.
23/04/2013 at 21:55
I'd pay if you can, Ryanair are awful and don't care. And don't do what we did and book your babies a seat, they won't let you on the plane lol.
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