Flying with a baby

by Andrew Burns

This story is part of our 'Travelling with Kids' series, featuring tales from luxury hotel guests which were sent in for our recent travel writing competition.

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I'm determined not to be put off travelling with kids despite a pretty dire first experience. My partner and I had won a trip to Detroit to watch Major League Baseball. Being a Kiwi he pretty well loves any form of sport. As it was our first flight with our daughter, then 18 months old, we decided to ensure that we had booked a bassinet, ensured our seats were together etc.

Unfortunately on boarding the plane there was another family in our seats, the stewardess wasn't keen to move the mother and two young children so gave us alternative seats.

When it came to allocating a bassinet she took one look at our daughter and pronounced her too big. This resulted in a very uncomfortable 8 hour flight for ourselves, our daughter and fellow passengers as my daughter was either lying on the floor or on my lap.

After landing, as we were gathering up our belongings another hostess commisserated how sad it was that the bassinet had been broken ! Needless to say we didn't have any pleasant thoughts for the hostess who had subjected us so needlessly to such an uncomfortable flight. On the way back we petitioned and were upgraded and had a lovely, stress free flight.

Travelling with children doesn't have to be stressful but there are people who can make it more unpleasant than it needs to be, single stewardesses perhaps ?

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