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To avoid disturbance from small children, you can use a multi-pronged approach: first, try to choose flights that are more of a hassle for parents. Generally this means night flights - some parents may be sure their child will sleep (and not bother you) but others are worried the child will not sleep and will cry. So they take a daytime flight and are ...


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For $160,000, you can hire a private jet for London - LAX return which is a similar trip length to that of London to San Francisco. This aircraft seats 13 making the trip approximately $12,300 each if you could find 12 other people to share it with. That's a similar price to paying for fully flexible first class. For that you typically get a private ...


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Toddlers cannot be seated in exit rows. If you are able to select your seat, choose one that has an exit row behind it. You may lose the ability to recline your seat, but you are guaranteed that there will not be a toddler behind you.


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Assuming you fly with a second person, you could use a small trick to increase your level on insulation. During check-in, reserve two middle seats which are directly behind (or in front) of the exit row: Since no children can sit in the exit row and parents will want to sit next to their children, you're guaranteed to have nine child-free seats. If you're ...


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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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Bring $20 - $50 cash. After you board, if you happen to be near a toddler, find a more preferable seat that seems to have a solo passenger in it, and make an attractive cash offer to the person who currently has that seat to switch with you. Be upfront with your reason for wanting to switch, as they will likely be suspicious otherwise.


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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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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 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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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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Three of our kids have taken 12+ hour flights with us when they were younger than 6 months. We never had any problems, so I would take option a). Option b) has shorter flights, but still 6 hours can be eternity if your child is not fine; and I think it is very unlikely that whatever bothers him/her will last more than that. And then you have, still with the ...


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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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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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I'm a Londoner with kids of a similar age. Info you might find useful: I've never seen a black cab with a child seat - I suspect there are none. Two of the standard seats face backwards though so slightly safer. If you are going to use the Heathrow Express then taxi is the easiest option from Paddington. Uber is cheaper but still no child seats (and no ...


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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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Rather than using earplugs, get some headphones and listen to music or something. It'll give you something else to focus on rather than the toddler. This is the approach lots of computer programmers use in open-plan offices, by the way. If you're wanting to sleep, then choose classical music. The following is just speculation, but it may work: try having a ...


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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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If your purpose is to get from Heathrow Airport to Stoke-on-Trent with as little hassle as possible, I would consider flying to Manchester and then take the direct bus from Manchester Airport to Stoke-on-Trent. British Airways operates about 8 flights a day from Heathrow to Manchester and there are seven daily buses from Manchester Airport to Stoke-on-...


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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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