Flying British Airways With A Baby

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Really and truly the friendly skies!

Luckily for my friend Amanda, she had a MUCH better flying experience on British Airways then she did on a recent flight to Mexico, where her infant son almost lost his finger. I have VERY fond memories of flying BA pre-kids, and I’m delighted to see how family-friendly they appear to be. The travel with infant section of their website is extensive, and they even appear to offer a discounted fare for children! Crazy! I’m so happy that Amanda shared her story of flying British Airways with a baby, as we can all use some good flying-with-kids stories these days!

Travelling British Airways from Toronto to Heathrow, with a 5-year-old and a 23-month-old…

Armed with a bag full of snacks and toys, both mum and dad were more than a little stressed about a cross-Atlantic overnight flight. But we needn’t have been, flying with British Airways. From online check-in to picking up our pram and baggage, it really was a good experience. Sure we had a couple of meltdowns and sure we had to do a couple of walks around the plane, but this trip has made me less afraid of future travelling.

Pre-booking and online check-in…

British airways allows parents travelling with an infant to prebook seats, this ensured we were seated together and could pre-book the bulkhead with cot.
Online infant passport info cannot be completed until 24 hours before the flight, but online check-in 24 hours before was simple.

Baggage…

Paying Children are allowed the same Baggage allowance as adults, but single cases must not exceed 51lbs. We thought that we could get away with 2 suitcases slightly heavier and had to redistribute the weight. Infants are allowed a foldable pram and nappy bag.

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Infant seat in the bulkhead of a British Airways 777

Cot and seats…

Now the cot. A simple tray folds down in front of the bulkhead seats and you have the choice of a bassinet or a seat for an infant. This is great when the little ones falls asleep, freeing up mum and dad to have dinner.  The bulk head seats also had a space for the kids to play.

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Playing on board in the bulkhead area of a British Airways 777

Entertainment…

2 channels of kids movies and TV kept my 5-year-old entertained. Both kids also received a Paddington Bear backpack with activity kit.

Food…

Children’s meal. I have a picky eater, so the kids meal was perfect. Three sandwich selections, chicken nuggets , vegetables, rice, fruit, cheese, bread, yogurt, Ribena and a bag of Cadbury’s Buttons. There was so much food left over, my infant enjoyed some too! I was seriously impressed with the attention given to kids meals

Attendants…

The flight attendants were helpful and friendly, especially setting up the infant area. Not one complaint!

I’d fly British Airways again and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the airline.

Isn’t it nice to hear of a good experience of flying with young children! And no need to hand out candies to your fellow passengers. Save that room in your carry-on for stuff for yourselves and your kids.

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7 Responses to Flying British Airways With A Baby

  1. LOVE THIS!!! I have tried to play it cool, but in reality wrangling a 5 month old and a 3 year old for a very LONG day of travel has started to stress me out a little. Knowing that someone had a good experience on BA makes me feel so much better. Fingers crossed I have the same experience flying out of Seattle to Heathrow and onto Zurich!

  2. Dave White at 14:06 #

    Every parent faces challenges flying with kids on a long flight. But as someone who has experienced unexpected turbulence in an aircraft, I might think twice about allowing children to be seatbelt-free for extended periods.

    I agree that BA does a pretty good job for flying families!

    • Corinne at 12:38 #

      Great point, Dave – thanks for stopping by!

  3. Adam Sommer at 16:49 #

    So we flew with BA a few times when our son was an infant….they were the only airline to not allow us to use our own car seat during take off and landing. Always thought that was odd. Otherwise, BA has the best food (for coach class anyway) and very friendly. Especially in the UK, I felt that kids on planes were more tolerated.

  4. Amy Savage at 14:37 #

    Hi Corinne,
    I love this article, what a great resource for first time parents traveling with their kids! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to read more!
    -Amy

  5. Anna Dias at 05:14 #

    This is a great article. My son is a very active 13m old, and we’re about to go on our first trip. We have enough air miles saved to go business class and i was just wondering if it’s still worth getting bulkhead? I’m nervous!!

    • Corinne at 06:10 #

      With business you’ll have a lot of legroom – personally the bulkhead seats are tough for me since I like having the seat in front for storage, but others feel better with the extra space. Let us know how it goes! Don’t be nervous, just be prepared for anything!!

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