In her 2 years my daughter flew several times on an airplane. The first flight was accomplished when the daughter was 7 months old, and the second time we flew when she was one and a half years old. I flew with her and with her older sister alone, and therefore I wanted to protect us as much as possible from any surprises, so I studied everything in advance regarding the rules of transportation of babies under 2 years old on board the aircraft.
Tickets and seats
First of all, it should be noted that according to the rules a child under two years old flies without a seat and a ticket is not bought for him. Rather, you will receive an e-ticket, your baby’s details will be recorded there, but you will not pay for it. For international flights, payment for the transportation of a child will have to be paid, it will be 10% of the usual fare.
If you want to get a separate place, you can buy a ticket for the cost of children from 2 to 12 years. In this case, the passenger himself needs to take care of a special child seat, in the type of car seat. Everywhere they write that airlines can provide special cradles for babies, but we have never seen these, although we flew with different airlines.
Another point: check-in is made at the airport and you should ask the employee to give you better places with the baby. This is the middle or the first part of the cabin. Also keep in mind that one adult passenger can carry only one child up to 2 years.
We had such a case: we flew with a transfer through Moscow. The youngest was 7 months old, and the oldest was 8 years old. If you fly a charter flight, the places are put down immediately in the place of departure. That is, back in Krasnoyarsk, at the ready, I asked the kind woman to choose our good places and did not even look at the ticket.
In Moscow, it turned out that we were sitting with the eldest daughter … in different parts of the cabin! And it is with a baby in her arms! I had to solve the problem on the plane itself: I asked the passengers to change places with us.
Pram or cradle
If you carry the child in the cradle of the plane, be aware that you will not be allowed to use it on the plane. Same with the stroller. Before the plane you can take the kid on it, and then you will need to fold it and give it to the flight attendants. Then you will be given it.
When we first flew, I just packed the stroller in the film, which is packed with luggage. The second time I called the airline, because I wanted to go with her to the ramp. They explained to me that this can be done only if the wheelchair is small-sized, i.e. walking type. True, and the second time we just handed the stroller in the luggage. By the way, it is transported free of charge.
Everyone knows that only those liquids that are packed in containers of no more than 100ml can be brought into the aircraft or if they are bought after inspection in duty-free shops. The exception is baby food. The first time we took all sorts of baby food jars and water. True, the child I then had in Guards, and the eldest daughter ate everything.
In the cabin
When the plane takes off and lands, you will be asked to wear a separate safety belt on the child. Most of all it looks like a leash. There is a loop that clasps around the baby’s belly, and the other end is tied to the mother’s belt.
It is very convenient to use a sling during the flight. Once we flew into the night, and I just tied the child to me and even slept a little.
In the airport
We visited different airports: in Krasnoyarsk, in St. Petersburg, in Moscow, in Sochi. Most of them have beautiful mother and child rooms. I especially liked in this respect Sochi. Our flight was delayed and in this room we not only ate, but also slept. Everything was there: from cots to toilets, forgive anyone not filthy with other passengers.
But unpleasantly struck the capital’s airport. Unfortunately, I do not remember, even kill, what exactly the airport was. The fact is that just when the flight was delayed, we made a transfer in Moscow, and we had to spend about 3 hours there. It was already deep night, so after landing I first went in search of the cherished room.
To begin with, the employees drove me and two children around the airport, and no one could tell where she was. As a result, apart from the game room, which worked from 9-00 to 19-00, we did not find! I still do not understand how in such a modern airport did not take care of the little passengers.
I would like to say that, in spite of some trifles, it is possible to fly even with very young children. Most people treat mothers with babies kindly and help with what they can, and skip the queue, and carry the bags.
I hope that I have not forgotten anything when writing this topic, and if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them!