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Airlines today charge for everything, including choosing your seat. If it's important, and a matter of safety, that your seat be chosen in advance, such as seating two people together, then you need to spend whatever amount the airline charges to ensure that. It's not a practical strategy to assume the charged-for service will be provided to you for free ...


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The Thomson Select A Seat page implies that you can purchase seats together for extra money. Although you may be re-assigned and, interestingly, their definition of 'together' is: Seats together may be across an aisle or behind each other. So that may not solve the problem. That page say Thomson follows the Civil Aviation Authority guidelines, from ...


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This is prohibited for safety reasons. Each row has one extra oxygen mask (there are exceptions, some rows have no extra masks and they will be marked somehow). If more than one infant is seated in a parent's lap and the oxygen masks were to be used one of the row occupants will have no oxygen mask to use. Usually the reservation system/agents will avoid ...


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According to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, Article 3: For the purpose of assigning nationality, birth on a ship or aircraft shall amount to birth in the territory of the State that gives its flag to that ship or aircraft. However, only about 40 nations (not including the USA) have ratified this convention - and what ...


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I have direct experience with this; not actually in flight thank goodness, but in transit. My daughter was born prematurely in Shanghai last year during a short layover between Paris and Auckland. My wife and I only had limited 48-hour transit visas for China and our flight was due to depart about 10 hours after she was admitted to hospital at the beginning ...


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Next time, maybe swap seats with your son? Then at least you don't have to crane your neck to check on him - he will always be in your view. As for the danger of pedophilia: the preponderance of pedophile crimes involve a trusted adult, not a stranger. Going by statistics, your family members present a danger many times greater to your son than the stranger ...


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It is quite rare these days (even inside trains) for the changing tables to be in the women's section, usually they will be somewhere in between the two sections, or inside the separate large restroom with the wheelchair icon (yes, you can use it too). If you do encounter such a case, though, it's not different than elsewhere. An apology (shitsurei ...


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As an Iranian I can tell you that breast-feeding in public is NOT a crime (at least in Iran) and you don't need to expect any severe consequences for this. Mothers do feed their children here whenever/wherever needed and it's none of anybody's business to question them why they are feeding their children. It's however usually a good practice for breasts to ...


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It's complicated, but as always, Wikipedia has it covered. The short version is that in the vast majority of cases, the baby will inherit one or more citizenships from its parents through jus sanguinis, and nothing more. If the baby is born within the territorial limits of a country that applies jus soli, including flying overheard and within nautical ...


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Before you travel - book early Make sure to book early enough so that you can get seats with access to a bassinet (travel cots). You need to call the airline directly to reserve such seats. Note that a travel cot/bassinet does not count as a seat for the baby. You'll still have to hold the kid during take-off and landing. If you do not manage to get a ...


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There's no definitive answer to this and it will vary by country and airline. This is what the UK Civil Aviation Authority says: http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?catid=2207&pageid=12706 From a safety point of view children (it doesn't specify an age) SHOULD be seated CLOSE to their parent/guardian. The reasons are many but if you imagine a ...


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I'm surprised no one has suggested Paddington Station itself. Paddington Station is the very same that gave Paddington Bear his name, so there are tons of shops and statues to keep a young child fascinated. If you plan to do the sightseeing and shopping on the way back there is no way you'll miss your train, as you are already at the station.


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I called a cousin who works for an airline at an airport, he explained how to do this in a very safe and efficient way. Infants do not need a seat, airline require a fraction of the price paid by the adult to be paid for the infant (~10%) or sometimes it is free. Hence, just make the reservation for you and your wife and other passengers who need seats, and ...


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Any person above 2 years must have a seat, but where is that seat? that's something left for common sense and not covered by any policy I am aware of. Seating policies usually go like "every effort must be made to ensure that families are seated next to each other" and that's it, and as we know, as long as that "effort" costs money, then airlines might ...


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First, congratulations on choosing your time to fly well, traveling with a 6-month-old is about as easy as it gets! They're big enough to sleep fairly well and not to cry randomly anymore, but not mobile yet, and small enough to fit into a bassinet, calm down with breastfeeding/a bottle, and not need much in the way of entertainment. Once they're one or ...


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Don't worry! Full middle names are never required on flight tickets, and even the initials are usually not needed. As long as the rest of the name and the initials match the passport, she will be fine.


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Bet you wouldn't have guessed, visiting horse stables -- In the middle of London! A gem of London that's 5 minutes from Paddington station in direction of Grosvenor Sq. The area doesn't really have a huge selection of children's activities nearby, maybe toy shopping on Oxford Street... but, the stables are entertaining and educational for the young. ...


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There are several spectacular or weird and wonderful statues in the Marble Arch - Hyde Park area which I imagine would interest or amuse a 5-year-old. Dunamis - Park Lane. A 9 meter tall statue of a man holding an elephant balanced on its trunk (apparently, this one is for sale). It's towards the bottom of Park Lane, so a very slight detour, but probably ...


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This is an interesting conundrum. Of course it's totally unacceptable to have three yer old sitting alone and I'm actually surprised (and sadly disappointed) that none of the other passenger would trade seats. It's atrocious that the airlines allow this. But then again, not all seats on the plane are the same and a better seat costs more these days, ...


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You have several choices: You currently have subway from the airport which will make life easier. But still, depending on the time you arrive to Lisbon and how old the kids are I would or not risk go downtown. The subway can be very crowded at rush hour. If you have a stroller I would only consider it if it's not rush hour. People are kind and will almost ...


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Officially: Unfortunately, it is not allowed for all passengers regardless of their age to be admitted to the flight deck crew. This is according to the FAA (USA) and to the EASA (EU), as seen in: EASA (CAT.GEN.MPA.135) FAA (§121.547, §129.28) Most of the world follow the above organizations, either directly or by implementing similar operating ...


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I'm not sure how you define "close", but three or so hours is enough time to hop on a tube and get to the London Transport Museum, which if your five year old is anything like my four year old is an amazing museum. The museum houses a large collection of authentic and replica trains, busses, trams, taxis, and other vehicles. Some examples: It also ...


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If it helps, two couples I know, both in their early 30s went a couple of years ago (to the one in the UK). One especially is lego mad, and everyone loved it. Evidently the place is arranged at different levels. So while kids might just enjoy that it's Lego, adults can engage in the hunts, the themes and more. A review of some of the rides of the UK one ...


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When we got the passport for our daughter (also German, then also <1 year old) we were told that we can have the photo in the existing passport updated for less than the price of a new passport. Children's passports can also be extended (being valid for another 6 years) and apparently this can be combined with the photo update, costing you 6 Euro and a ...


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The easy but expensive way is to ask your hotel. They will have reliable regulars available and will take care of finding somebody who can work with your schedule. While this is unlikely to be an issue in Utah, the hotel will also have babysitters on call who speak enough English to communicate with you and manage older kids as well. Obviously, you'll pay ...


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Risk of contracting malaria is higher in nearby countries than in Thailand. Look at this map from NHS Fit For Travel: Risky areas are clearly regions bordering neighbouring countries. Borrowing from a previous answer I gave, malaria is transmitted by a specific type of mosquito (female anopheles) that breeds in still / stagnant water. When you're in ...


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We did a LOT of transatlantic traveling with 3 kids (starting at 6 months age or so). My daughter had her first free flight on her own miles when she was 4 years old :-) It's entirely doable if properly prepared If you need a layover, do it in Europe not the US. Otherwise on the way back you have to go through customs and immigration in the first US ...


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Maybe you know it already, but might be helpful for other readers, too: wheelmap.org It's an OpenStreetMap where users can mark if places/buildings are wheelchair accessible. You can filter the map to only show places related to tourism. Also, at least in Germany, some cities/areas have accessibility guides that list accessible hotels, free time ...


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Happens often enough that there appear to be no rules at all about seating children other than not in the exit rows. The airline seat-reservation model certainly has no exceptions for age, but if you call the reservation line they will probably accommodate you next time. If not, maybe enough of: Can I really sit a 4 year old next to innocent strangers ...


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I suggest you get a travel agent to work this out for you. It will be worth the $100 or so. You and your girlfriend will also need to carry a letter signed by by both parents outlining your travel plans and saying that you give permission for your daughter to travel alone with the other parent. Canadian customs can be especially picky about this when ...



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