Any kind of travel with Livi is a challenge. Aside from a few attempts to visit places other than our neighborhood park or the mall, almost all of which resulted in endless crying fits, we have not even considered traveling anywhere; much less thought about going on a plane with her.
It is hard enough to go anywhere with her in the car, a mode of transportation that provides the flexibility of stopping any time, changing plans, and even turning around altogether.
The thought of spending time at an airport and being stuck on a plane with no possibility of escape makes me nauseous and nervous.
So when I read this article today, I decided then and there that we would not see a plane from the inside any time soon.
In her article, “Threatened with Arrest — Because I was Flying with a Child?,” Lisa Belkin describes how she was treated with hostility by a gate agent. She believes the main reason for the treatment was that she was traveling with a young child and she cites other examples of incidents involving children at airports and on planes.
One of them, where a young child was throwing a tantrum after the family had boarded the plane, hit close to home. It just sounded too familiar and is something I would expect to happen were we ever to set foot on a plane with Livi.
So now I am sitting here wondering, are those incidents the exception or is there truly a hostility toward anyone traveling with a child?
I know some of you already took the plunge and traveled by plane with your baby or toddler. How was your experience? And how were you treated by agents, flight attendants, and fellow travelers? I would love to hear your stories!
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