What makes an airline family friendly?

by parenture on November 7, 2011

If you’re planning on flying with your kids anytime soon, don’t miss Michelle Higgins’ must-read New York Times article, “Are We There Yet? When Families Fly.” It’s packed with important and timely information, including various airlines’ child friendliness. Here’s one excerpt about JetBlue, which we’ll be flying to St. Lucia later this year:


PREBOARDING Yes, for families with children under the age of 2, along with passengers who paid extra for seats with more legroom.

SEATING Bulkhead seats are reserved for customers with disabilities up to 24 hours before departure with remaining seats sold as “Even More Space” seats for $10 to $65 extra.

KIDS’ MEALS JetBlue doesn’t offer meals on any of its flights, but snacks, including Animal Crackers, are free.

ENTERTAINMENT Seatback televisions offer 36 channels of DirecTV including children’s programming and 100 XM Satellite Radio channels free. If time permits, pilots are encouraged to show children the flight deck and offer them JetBlue trading cards.


For details on other airlines and general tips about flying with your family, click here to read the full article.

Illustration by Stephen Kroninger for Michelle Higgins’ article in the New York Times


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