Fly.com Compiles List of Kid-Friendly Airlines
Traveling with children can be tricky but some airlines make it easier for families.
Warren Chang, vice-president and general manager of Fly.com, has put together a list of kid-friendly airlines.
EL AL Israel Airlines
On these flights, children are given activity books filled with word games, trivia and coloring pages.
During the summer and on holidays, clowns perform tricks and skits onboard.
The airline’s first and business class lounges in London, Abu Dhabi, Manchester and Dublin offer family rooms equipped with children’s toys, books, television and a menu designed for little ones.
The lounges in Abu Dhabi also offer nanny services.
In-flight, kids are kept occupied with movies, TV shows, music and interactive games, including a “kids only” interface.
The airline provides cots free of charge for the first row of many flights 90 minutes or longer.
Flight attendants may warm up baby food during the flight and customers can receive a bag with diapers, bottles and a bib.
The company’s free Sky Nanny service provides families with a nanny to escort them onto flights and to watch children while their parents sleep or watch a movie.
Kids on these flights will receive a backpack that includes books, a Virgin Atlantic baseball cap, digital watch, candy, and coloring pen.
The airlines offers a reading activity kit that was jointly developed with PBS Kids.
Chang also offers some tips for flying with families.
Check which airports have children’s playrooms.
Turn the trip into a game: teach children about time zones and destinations before boarding the aircraft.
Choose window or aisle seats to increase the chances that the person in the middle seat will switch seats to give you the full row.
Some airlines allow families to board first so be sure to check pre-boarding opportunities.