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Airline Safety - Children Flying Alone

By Kathy Barnhardt
The big day has arrived and your child is making their first airline flight alone. The reasons behind a child flying alone are many. The trip could be a result of relocation by one parent or grandparents and extended family being located in a different geographical area of the country. What ever the reason for the solo trip, it will be a big event for those involved.

Depending on the age of the child, it could be scary or exciting, or maybe a little of both. Airlines promote and display a great care for children flying alone and have set in place a system to guide children through to their destinations with ease. The immediate care of the child while on board a flight is similar to any passenger, however; stewards or stewardesses are usually the prime caretaker between destinations and are responsible for getting a child to the proper gate if there are plane changes. Airlines will typically charge for this service and the cost will vary depending on what airline a parent chooses to use.

During the course of the flight, it is helpful to the child if they have along a favorite item. These items may include a music device for listening purposes, an electronic game or a favorite book to read. Items of comfort such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal are never a bad idea either. Airplanes can become cooler in temperature during flight and a blanket will alleviate the possibility of your child becoming cold. If they have a pillow they would like to bring along, that should be considered as well. Most items a child would find very comforting will fit into a small carry-on, such as a backpack. In the same backpack, a snack should also be available to your child in the event of a flight change or delay.

Understanding that airlines today are attempting to minimize the amount of luggage brought along by passengers, as a parent or guardian, you still want your child to fly comfortably and safely. Following these tips should create a smoother experience for your child while they are learning to travel. They may even look forward to traveling in the future.***

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Katherine Barnhardt
Through my writing I choose to deliver with passion and knowledge applicable information that displays both the positive and negative surrounding a specific topic or issue. It is that passion and information being given to the reader in an understanding format that will develop interest and create discussion or action in regards to a topic or issue.
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