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OK – I know we’ve already visited the “tips for flying with tots” subject, but I had to address one more thing before letting it go. Lately, I’ve read several tips for parents stating that you should request bulkhead seating on a plane when traveling with kids, and I have to totally disagree. We tried it once, and did NOT like it. Maybe it was the airline we flew, and I know one data point does not a theory make, but here are the reasons we wouldn’t recommend it and won’t be doing it again:
- Hubs and I are both tall, and there was no seat to stretch our legs under. Just a wall. Ugh.
- No place to stow carry-on and feeding pump. Again, since there was no seat in front of us, we were required to put all belongings in the overhead compartment. This is a HUGE pain in the patoot when you are constantly needing toys, snacks, crayons, etc. from the carry-on. They let us keep the feeding pump down, but it had to set in the seat beside her. Not ideal.
- Jenna only wanted to be on our laps the whole time. This meant the floor space in front of us was totally wasted. She was not even remotely interested in playing down there, let alone laying down to sleep on a blanket.
- I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with her sleeping down there anyway. It doesn’t seem to be the most secure or safe spot. MAYBE, for an overseas flight during sleep hours my opinion might be different, but I still think that Jenna would sleep just as well in the seat as she would on the floor, considering the motion and turbulence of the plane.
So there you have it – the reasons why we DON’T request bulkhead seating. First Class? That’s an entirely different story. We can’t afford to pay for it, but if the heavens should smile down upon us and a wonderful ticketing agent should show mercy and bump us up, I won’t be complaining. Although, I might worry (for a moment) about the stink-eye stares from the other First Class passengers not thrilled with sharing space with a moody toddler and her harried parents.