Flying With Twins Or A Baby And Toddler? Some Extra Information.
Flying with a baby can be daunting, but perhaps flying with twins or triplets more so. Here is some more information, which will help you be more prepared.
1) If you are flying with two infants or more than 1 child under 2, and they don’t have their own seat, you cannot travel alone.
You will need another adult or see if the airline provides an escort, which will be at a cost. No airline will allow you to carry two babies on your lap.
Airline/Country policies vary but in the UK, the CAA states that babies 6 months or under, must be seated on the lap for take-off and landing and turbulence, therefore using car-seats and paying for a seat each for twins is not an option at this age. However, British Airways states on their website that,
” if you’re travelling with two infants and at least one is aged between 6 and 23 months, you can buy one infant ticket and one child fare, as long as the second infant is sitting in an approved car seat.” So if you have quadruplets, then as long as 2 adults travel, and 2 of the babies are seated in a carseat and the other two on each adults lap, then you are good to go.
Whereas in the USA, airline dependant, you can travel with twin babies under 6 months as long as one is in a carseat, in a purchased seat.
2) Some airlines may not allow you to sit together if you and your partner and twins are travelling.
This is because on most airplanes, there is only 1 extra oxygen mask per row. The bassinet seat positions have as many oxygen masks extra as there are bassinets. So if you don’t get your bassinet request, be prepared to be seated separately.
3) Some airlines like Emirates, have twin strollers available at transit stops etc.
Alternatively, invest in a decent double travel stroller if you plan to fly regularly.
Do your research before you purchase your ticket, and see what facilities airlines have and what their policies are and factor that in when you purchase your tickets. Remember Gulf Air and Etihad Airlines have a fully trained Sky Nanny as part of their service and she’s free!
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