If it weren’t for a vicious cold and flu season, we would have been up in the air a lot sooner. Claire is now 2.5 months old and tomorrow she’ll receive her first pair of wings! Since I am originally from the east coast, Claire has a lot of family members to meet 3,000+ miles away. First stop….Virginia! Tomorrow morning we are flying from Los Angeles to Washington D.C.
I booked this trip about a month ago. There was a sale on Travelocity, so our non-stop, cross-country flights on American Airlines only cost $240 per person roundtrip! Since Claire is an infant, she is free. She is able to fly free until she is 2 years old. But, the free flight, comes with a price. The free seat is right on your lap. Since Claire is an infant weighing in at just 11 pounds, and sleeps the majority of her day, having her on my lap for a 5 hour flight shouldn’t be too big of a deal. But an almost 2 year old will weigh much more, and will be running around on her own. I guess I can worry about that flight later. For now, I just hope that Claire makes it 5 hours without throwing a fit to upset our seat mates (or if she’s upset enough, the whole plane).
After I booked our tickets I went to aa.com to see the regulations for flying with an infant. On their homepage there is a link to ‘travel information’ and from here there is a link to ‘special assistance’ and finally, ‘flying with children.’ Three clicks to learn how to travel with an infant on American Airlines.
These are the questions I THINK I have:
1. Can you take a stroller and car seat through security and on the plane?
2. How much more time should we arrive to the airport?
3. What luggage can you check for an infant without having to pay a baggage fee?
4. Can you bring bottled milk on the plane? Do I need to separate into 3 oz bottles?
5. Do babies go through the security screener?
6. Where do you change a baby’s diaper on a plane?
7. Do I breastfeed in my seat?
8. Do I need to bring any identification for her? Birth certificate?
Hopefully aa.com will be able to guide me somewhat as I pack for Claire. I’ve been organizing and packing for her and myself for the past two days now. Help! I am drowning in luggage! Is simplifying the luggage of an infant that goes through 3-4 outfit changes a day possible?