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View Poll Results: Would you switch seats so a family could sit together?
Yes I would move. 129 33.42%
Yes, but only if I could get a similar or better seat. 111 28.76%
I would consider it, depending on the circumstances. 119 30.83%
No I would not move. 27 6.99%
Voters: 386. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-13-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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Like I said, thanks very much for minding my toddler while I live the dream twenty rows away.
LOL....yes, that would be quite the dream.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:59 AM
 
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I have flown a lot, and my husband flies weekly, and I find it remarkable that you happened to actually witness a family get booted off because NO ONE on the ENTIRE plane would switch seats with them. Unbelievable. I bet you were super-super sad
I live in Orlando. During certain peak travel periods, almost everyone on the plane is with their families. It happens.

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I hope you never find yourself in a situation where, despite your best efforts, unexpected challenges arise and you need to ask for help from the people around you, and they interrogate before deciding if you're worthy of receiving help. I can't imagine living in your world
I won't because I will have the common sense and decency to check any bag I can't manage on my own rather than imposing on others.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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Whoops, shoulda checked your facts there. All US based carriers charge for lap babies on international flights. There is no charge for a bassinette. It's a courtesy of the airline because they know holding a small baby for the whole flight sucks, esp in turbulence.

If there's no priority for bulkhead seats for lap babies in planes without basinnettes, then whybhave ozgal and I both had the experience of getting premium seats when we didn't pay for them, on legs of journeys that included bassinettes?

I think I've sat next to you. JFK to Dublin, 2008-9 ish?
I didn't fly out of JFK anytime within a couple years either way of that time frame, so no.

Perhaps you've been lucky. I guess you don't really value the comfort of those around you. I can't imagine subjecting someone else to my squirmy lap baby next to them. I also would ALWAYS buy a ticket for my child so they could be properly strapped in rather than becoming a missile and hurting themself or someone else in turbulence.

I stand corrected on the 10%. Still, that's quite a bargain considering you get baggage allowance and on board services for the child.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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If she had an empty row, why on earth didn't her husband and baby move back there??
Because she was a special snowflake. I would have told her to tell her husband and kid to move and to leave me alone.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:22 AM
 
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Like I said, thanks very much for minding my toddler while I live the dream twenty rows away.
They will not put a toddler alone in that circumstance. They will either try to move people around at the back of the plane or take you and your child off and put you on the next available flight.

Why do parents think the world revolves around them?
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:25 AM
 
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*looks at kyle's location and guesses a home airport*

Orlando/MCO is a Results Not Typical airport in that regard- a disproportionate number of families who fly infrequently who are off to see the giant rat on holiday and who have that 'I'm on vacation- everything good and whatever I need is supposed to just magically happen' assumption going on.

It's a highly competitive airport from a fares and airline options standpoint, but in terms of fellow passengers, if I was going to be on a long trip anyways, I'd probably look into flying out of Tampa or Melbourne to try to get around the Disney crowd.
Melbourne has very limited flight options and Tampa is kid hell as well during peak times.

There are ways to minimize being on board with a bunch of kids during all but peak travel weeks out of MCO. Monday first flight out, Thursday, last flight back, midday Tuesday and Wednesday unless it's a weird itinerary week for the cruise ships are all pretty quiet and reasonably kid free.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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Exactly....I avoid MCO like the plague as a result and utilize Daytona Beach whenever possible.
Daytona and Melbourne are two hours for me, TPA is close to two due to traffic. Not really an option to spend the extra drive dime.
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Old 06-17-2015, 05:26 PM
 
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Default How families can get seats together

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Old 06-17-2015, 06:13 PM
 
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Bad advice. I have seen people stopped and not allowed to board with things like that which are likely to make a mess. They have the choice of eating it in the boarding area or tossing it, but it isn't getting on the plane.
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Old 06-17-2015, 06:38 PM
 
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If its a short flight (under 2-3 hours), generally yes, without question. If, however, I am on a longer flight and am seated in a window seat (that's my preferred seat and I'm just about always able to snag a window seat), then I'd be very hard-pressed to move as I need that window to help me get some sleep in. Note, my answer is the same if I'm on a longer flight in an aisle seat as I'd at least be able to lean to the right or left toward the aisle and rest my head at the edge of the seat without worrying about falling over into someone's lap. More simply: on longer flights, I'm not generally going to give up my seat if the replacement would be a middle seat.
I was asked once to give up my window seat for a child, and move to sit with a mom and her other child. (Weird, right?) I was already sitting with my husband in the aisle and daughter in the middle.

I politely declined. I wanted to sit in my seat with my family. The mom went crazy and was still talking about it during and after the three hour flight.

I felt zero remorse.
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