I think flying with kids/babies is one of the most daunting tasks for parents! We will share some tips on how you can fly like a pro with your kids/babies!
Many years back, Debra and I flew Scoot to Gold Coast when they first started with a fleet of old Boeing 777s passed down from Singapore Airlines. We paid for upgrade immediately upon boarding. We are both not taller than 1.66m and it was mad cramped and the aircraft was noisy as hell. The food was horrid too. Imagine a 7.5 hour red eye flight - pure torture!
The memory of our past experience + we have two kids made us quite nervous! We used our Miles to redeem free flights for the whole family so we couldn't be picky. Scoot has since upgraded their fleet. We took an Airbus A320 (small plane) there, it was quite comfortable and not cramped. It was a little dirty though so bring anti-bacterial wet wipes just in case! Our return flight was on a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner and we managed to redeem a Scootbiz (Budget style Business class) ticket. Very comfortable and spacious plus the stewardesses were REALLY friendly and helpful.
Here are some pictures of our awesome fuss-free flights!
Here are some tips to fly like a pro with babies and kids!
100ml Liquids rule don't apply with Baby food/Breast milk. You can bring a food flask and vacuum flask for your baby's milk or porridge! Just tell the security staff that it is for the baby. Most of the time they won't ask you to open it. Pop it into the x-ray scanners and you are good to go.
You can bring your stroller on board if it can be folded into cabin size
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You will need your stroller because Suvarnabhumi airport is HUGE. We walked almost 15-20 minutes before reaching the immigration queues from the gate.
P.S You can use the ultra fast diplomat special lanes if you are travelling with young children! The Thais are super nice to people with kids. Priority everywhere!
If you are Singaporean and want to use the automated clearance gates at Changi Airport, you CANNOT do that if you are travelling with a baby. Head straight to the priority lane and see an immigration officer instead.
Let your baby drink milk or suck on a pacifier when the plane is taking off. Play the game of "who can yawn with the biggest mouth" game with your toddler. This helps relieve the pressure in their little ears! A new toy/book and fully loaded laptop or iPad will really help them pass time on a budget airline with no in-flight entertainment.
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There are changing places in most male and female toilets + dedicated baby change areas in Changi Airport. Suvarnabhumi airport doesn't have changing areas in male toilets! So mummies, please take over. Don Mueang airport is REALLY old and run down like going back to 1970s so don't use that airport if possible when booking flights.
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