You Might Get Arrested if Your Children are Unruly!

BY: - 28 Oct '14 | Travel

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There’s always a story on the news about an adult being put off a flight for unruly behavior, a negative tweet about the airline (yes a passenger was put off a JetBlue flight over her negative tweet about the counter rep) or doing something stupid like shouting (after sneezing) “I have Ebola!”  Yes, that happened recently as well. We are also seeing stories about families being escorted off planes because they can’t control their unruly children.  One couple was even arrested, yes arrested, when the plane landed at the connecting city.  Airlines are not playing!

Here are a few tips to help keep your little flyers happy and the family on the plane…

  • Bring a bag of tricks! In your carry-on bag bring an assortment of coloring books, crayons, toys, games, activities and snacks.  Activity time equals quiet time.
  • Tire them out. If time allows, some experts even suggest letting your kids play at home before you leave for the airport but keep them awake during the ride to the airport.  Let play time continue while waiting at the gate.  By the time they get in their seats, they will be worn out and fall asleep. Touchdown!
  • No sugar! Forget the sugary snacks and drinks before takeoff.  You’re asking for a meltdown if they are hyped up on sugar.
  • Gift the kids a new toy. Kids are more likely not to act out if they are pre-occupied with a fabulous new toy that you’ve given them right after takeoff.
  • In-flight entertainment. Everyone is calm while watching their favorite TV shows/movies.  Download your kid’s favorite TV shows and movies on your tablet.  Let them watch all they want, it will help keep them quiet and everybody happy.

I think it’s totally wrong for parents to be arrested because they can’t quiet their 2 or 3 year old who doesn’t understand why their ears are popping during a flight.  If it’s a prolonged episode before takeoff, put the family off the plane maybe, arresting the parents is going too far.  Bring back kids-free sections or explore other options, but we as a traveling society have to find a happy medium.

BMWK family what do you think, should parents be arrested because they can’t control their kids in–flight?

What are your favorite ways to keep the toddlers happy in-flight?

 

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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4 Tips for FLYING with Food & Gifts this Holiday Season!

BY: - 18 Nov '14 | Travel

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Thanksgiving is really next week! Before you know it, Christmas will be here faster than we can blink.  Many of us will be traveling home this holiday season.  As usual a majority of holiday travel will be done by plane.  If you’re planning on traveling by plane with food and/or gifts, there are a few things to you need to know.

HOLIDAY CARRY ON NO-NO’S

If your flight doesn’t leave room to shop once you get home, I’d suggest asking a friend/family to pick up your cooking/baking supplies.  TSA rules are strict and anything over that pesky 3.4 oz. rule will have to be placed in your checked bag, thrown out or shipped ahead.  Here are a few things you cannot take in your carry-on bag no matter how important it is to your family recipe:

  • Wine, liquor or beer.
  • cranberry sauce
  • oils and vinegars
  • sauces
  • gift baskets with salsa, jams and salad dressings

FOOD YOU CAN BRING THROUGH SECURITY

You can bring pies and cakes thru security checkpoints but they will be subjected to additional screenings.  If an agent tells you that you can’t and that you have to dispose of it, repeat the rule and realize they’re probably just hungry.  Click here for TSA’s complete list of food and items that you should put in your checked bag/ship ahead.

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH GIFTS

Traveling with gifts doesn’t have to be a hassle or time consuming.  TSA does allow wrapped gifts thru security checkpoints.  However, if an agent flags your gift/package for additional screening (for whatever reason), the gift will have to be unwrapped and opened.  We know you have fabulous gift wrapping skills, don’t risk your beautifully wrapped gifts. Avoid the hassle altogether with these tips…

  • Pack the gift(s) in your carry-on bag where it will be the safest (especially electronics).
  • Wrap the gift(s) once you arrive at your destination.
  • Ship all your gifts ahead of time (important shipping dates below).
  • Know someone driving up later but before the holiday? Give them a few bucks for gas/tolls and ask them to bring your package.

HOLIDAY SHIPPING DATE GUIDELINES

If you’re going to ship your gifts ahead of time, there are a few dates that you need to keep in mind.  The USPS service recently announced the absolute last days that you can mail your packages for guaranteed arrival by Christmas.

  • For first class International service and priority mail, December 2nd is the last day for guaranteed delivery before December 25th.
  • For first class and priority mail on domestic deliveries, December 20th is your last day for guaranteed December 25th
  • The busiest day for mailing packages will be December 15th.

For package preparation tips and information or to use the USPS holiday planner, please visit www.usps.com.

Happy Travels…

BMWK: Are you traveling for the holidays?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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