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29/04/2013 at 20:43
Following my other thread about keeping O amused on our flight, I cannot for the life of me think why airlines thing its a good idea to board families with young children first?! I know I'd much rather keep O running around the boarding lounge for an extra half an hour than make him sit in his seat for that time!
29/04/2013 at 20:45
We often hang back for that exact reason, depending on his mood! You don't have to board first, if you've booked your seats then there's no rush.
29/04/2013 at 20:54
Because parents with children normally have lots of stuff to get sorted, so instead of them blocking the aisles putting bags into the overhead lockers, fighting over who is sitting where etc, they can board leisurely and get themselves sorted before everyone else boards. No one says you have to board first, it is a courtesy offered for those who want it.
Another option if for one of you to board with all the bags and get everything sorted while the other stays with the child at the gate and boards later on. Just make sure that you each have your own boarding cards.
29/04/2013 at 20:55
We always hang back too and get on a bit later
29/04/2013 at 21:20
We always hang back when there's allocated seating, even when flying without kids.
29/04/2013 at 22:28
WBGS - In fact I'm usually always one of the last on the plane without without child in tow.
29/04/2013 at 22:48
If seats are not allocated then probably so you can all sit together, eg children cannot sit in certain seats but what happens if they are the only seats left when you board.
We learnt the hard way the first time we flew with Easyjet. Every seat we sat in we were told to move. The back row seats were folded up but the crew put them down for us.
30/04/2013 at 08:19
We just got back from flying with E and wasn't invited to board first (Thomas Cook airlines). They just asked for the buggy ASAP.
We just boarded with everyone else and was quite near the back, and as long as you're organised it shouldn't take you any more time to be seated, as long as the infant seatbelt is recieved quickly. We made sure the bag of formula/dummies and anything definately required during takeoff/incase of turbulence was not put overhead (bag went under the seat) and were seated much quicker than most even considering taking E out the sling!
However for me, the issue was that the man opposite, who boarded after me, then tried to haul on his suitcase to the top of the locker above my head grazing my shoulder, luckily E was lay in my arms so it didn't reach as low as her, but for that reason, we waiting to go on last on the return flight when heavy bags were no longer being swung around.
30/04/2013 at 20:00
Thanks all. I never even thought that we could just wait in the lounge anyway, I would have just boarded when we got told to! We are flying Easyjet, I'm not sure if seats are allocated. My SIL booked so I'm not sure of details!
30/04/2013 at 20:03
We're flying with sleazy jet next week as our seats are allocated, don't know if that's their policy now or just from our airport though.
I was hoping they wouldn't be some could scare people from sitting next to us with our feisty toddler.
05/05/2013 at 20:37
Yep since end of Nov all EasyJet flights are allocated. We just wait at the back and get on when they say we have to or they are closing the doors!
05/05/2013 at 21:00
That's what we'll be doing on Saturday WOW Widow, it's a good thing really that they're allocated.
06/05/2013 at 10:10
I'd double check your seats have been allocated. I think there is still the option not to allocate and save some money-I'm sure we did this last time we booked with sleazy as its just me and H and for a short flight we didn't really mind where we sat. (and we're another lot who linger to the very end particularly if seats are allocated-got a free upgrade this way once with BA!)
Hope you have an amazing trip xx
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