We travel a lot, and lately that means flying because I just can't sit for long periods in a car any more. And our last move cross country showed me lots of beautiful country, but about a million reasons why I don't want to spend days in a car.
So that brings us to flying, any flight that lasts for more than an hour and a half we've decided has to be done in first class, the seats are bigger, the space between seats is bigger, they serve you food on china with actual silverware, they actually treat you like they're glad to see you there. So it's worth the added expense. And best of all there are fewer children.
On our flights to and from D.C. recently there were children everywhere, happy, noisy children, loud screaming children, crying children, children who wanted to be entertained, held, walked, bounced, well you get the picture. Sitting near children in the close quarters of economy is not fun. They need a special section on planes for parents flying with young children.
Oh, I can hear the outrage over that. As a parent I know we see our kids through rose-colored glasses and think everything they do is so smart, entertaining and a delight. But that's not what the rest of the world is seeing or hearing. On our last flight Mac had earplugs and could still hear the kids across the aisle from us, I had no plugs, I heard everything. The 2 kids and Mom across from us and Dad and toddler behind them. It was even worse for the elderly couple sharing the row with Dad. The hour and 20 minute flight must have felt like forever for them as they huddled towards the plane wall.
I also got to listen to the screaming crying child several rows back.
I know traveling with kids isn't easy, I know some parents try very hard to keep them entertained, I know that flying makes some babies ears hurt. I know all of that but I still wish I could fly without them.
I read where Malaysia Airlines is banning all children under 2 from their first class section and that British Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are considering it. Here in this country there have been several instances lately where parents of unruly children have been ordered off plane before take-off. Maybe there's a trend towards quieter flights.