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Airlines breaking up families and asking parents to sit separate from their children - even those under 5 years of age. Rearranging seating two hours before a flight....even kids in diapers.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/flyi...

My two are young-teens but even then I prefer to sit next to them rather than have, as one mom in the article put it, "someone who hasn't had a background check sitting next to my child".
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While I don't doubt this happens, in the first example I can see exactly how and why it happened. The woman was booked in 4C and her child was booked in 11C.

4C on US air domestic flights is normally the first coach seat behind first class and it is an aisle seat. This is one of their preferred seat, set aside for top tier fliers. I'm willing to bet this woman was allowed to reserve these seats in advance, however at 24 hours before the flight, when the airport takes control of the seat reservations, her daughter got bumped to a "normal" seat because she didn't have status. I think this is what happens in many cases.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it is the right thing to do, I am just saying that I can see how it happened.

My two are young-teens but even then I prefer to sit next to them rather than have, as one mom in the article put it, "someone who hasn't had a background check sitting next to my child".

I notice they changed the article since this quote above. The teenagers have suddenly changed to a 9 year old. So, which is it?

I suspect many had the opinion, there are bigger issues here than the seats when talking pre-teens. If your 13-14 year old can't sit in a public place less than 30 feet away from you for a few hours because you want a background check, they shouldn't be flying.

Sure, it is nice if you can sit together, but stuff happens. Heck, at that age my daughter would have rather sat away from me and my wife on a plane. How does a family of 4-5 handle this. Obviously they can't all sit together. How to they handle having 1-2 people sit a row away? On my last flight to Seattle, I had two twin 11 year old boys sitting next to me. Mom and two younger children were in the row behind her. There were no issues, the boys were perfectly behaved and Mom could deal with the younger ones. I guess the only reason it worked out because I actually have had a background check? :-)

Long term, I'm an advocate of family sections on the plane. It avoids all the tier-status, preferred seat problems. If you want to sit as a family together, you would book in that area.
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No, my kids are teens, but the article was about a 9 year old.
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The woman ended up sitting next to her kid. The flight attendant worked it out, which is the way it is typically done. I cannot imagine anyone who would prefer to sit next to a two-year old rather than switch seats with Mom. It's a non-issue.
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I have posted about the elf (age 7 & 8 at the time) seated 20 rows away from me on 8 hours flights.
He is not an anxious traveler, and knows how to behave.

However, we do travel frequently, and when he was younger (2-5) and had been "reassigned" far away, I would seat us in our "correct" seats.
Then I would ask the Aisle passenger next to him if s/he would like to sit next to an unattended child or to have my seat.

I never had an instance where someone chose door number one.


peace & asking nicely
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