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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2010, 02:18:55 PM »
i could just tell you my experience i dont have any status just called a few times till she gave me like i said two seat
I flew CO on an AF award ticket and got confirmed all three bulkhead seats. No ticket for the baby. At check-in they re-assigned my husband to accommodate someone else with a baby and gave him three seats in a row so he could sit with the car seat. I have no status at all. This was last summer.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2010, 08:08:46 PM »
I flew CO on Pesach & on the plane that I flew on- only had 2 bassinet seats in coach. Obviously that's not sufficient for Israel or India flights.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2010, 10:59:55 AM »
So I'll start posting some of the things we did:
The zoo. This is a real family trip, from watching the chimps fight, to these moleholes the children can crawl into and everything in between. There is also a train (I think its free, for sure the way back it is) which goes around the zoo, we rode it back at closing. Do note that the train can fill up at the first stop (especially the way back to the entrance). You can also watch the animals being fed, you are given a feeding schedule on the way in (we watched the bears an penguins being fed). It is walking and going with a stroller there are some hills, but otherwise it was great.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2010, 02:43:16 PM »
Egged (or some of their bus drivers) require you to fold your stroller, or you pay for the baby (not sure if this is true but thats what one driver told me, it is possible that if you don't you are violating their rule but that doesn't require you automatically to pay for an extra person; dunno.).
true. either you pay for the baby or fold the stroller. thats why you always see strollers strewn across the aisles on buses

there is a cute monkey park (i dont mean with monkey bars i mean monkeys) in tel aviv. ive never been there but i heard its cute
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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2010, 12:29:02 AM »
On one of the buses I rode a stroller went flying across the floor from all the way to the front, not so safe.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2010, 02:06:20 AM »
My experience with Elal:
Flew together with my brother's family, we each had a baby.
Reserved bulkhead seats and my brother's baby got a bassinet since his baby was less than 9 months old (the official cuttoff age for bassinets). I asked at the check-in counter if there was a empty seat next to either me or my wife to bring the carseat on the plane, and they blocked me a seat for that. Everything went perfectly well.
On the way back, at the check-in couter, I formulated the same request, and the agent adamantly responded that there's no way she would give me an empty seat next to me, that there were only 7 empty seats in the whole flight and she would have to readjust many people in order to fulfill my request.
We got to the gate, passed the spot where you leave the strollers and carseats, and I decided that I am taking the carseat into the plane anyways... (wasn't gonna hold a baby for the whole flight).
After standing in line to get into the aircraft, barely about a minute before our turn to board came, I nervously started entretaining the thought of having to hold the baby AND the carseat, if things didn't work out the way I expected them to, so I quickly ran to the stroller drop-off spot and checked in the carseat...
We got to our seats, and once the doors closed we realized that the empty spot next to me remained empty! unclaimed!
By now there was no way to get our carseat back, as the aircraft was already moving, and the baby was crying uncontrolably.
One of the crew members approached us and, looking at his paper said: "it's a shame that the baby is over nine months, otherwise we would have provided you with a bassinet" (meanwhile my brother's baby who was under that cuttoff age but WAY heavier than my baby got a bassinet).
To make the long story short, after about 2 hours of crying, two crewmembers came over and put up a bassinet, they said that this is an exception, and they are doing it on condition that we "hold the baby during turbulence". BH!!
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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2010, 02:09:56 AM »
Do they ask for proof of age when requesting a bassinet?

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2010, 02:19:03 AM »
they wouldnt have let you bring the car seat on anyways unless you bought a seat for the baby or the gate agent specifically blocks a seat for you

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2010, 02:26:16 AM »
Do they ask for proof of age when requesting a bassinet?
The have the baby's age from the booking.
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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2010, 02:26:33 AM »
they wouldnt have let you bring the car seat on anyways unless you bought a seat for the baby or the gate agent specifically blocks a seat for you

Is that just Elal? Ive done it many times on other airlines when there is an empty seat.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2010, 02:28:25 AM »
they wouldnt have let you bring the car seat on anyways unless you bought a seat for the baby or the gate agent specifically blocks a seat for you
I have done it other times without asking.
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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2010, 06:37:09 AM »
in the 42 segments i took with my kid in the last 2 years, id say 90% of the time when i had the car seat by the door of the plane, they asked me whether the child has her own seat.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2010, 10:58:06 AM »
YMMV.
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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2010, 11:35:54 AM »
in the 42 segments i took with my kid in the last 2 years, id say 90% of the time when i had the car seat by the door of the plane, they asked me whether the child has her own seat.

What airlines were these? Domestic? Intl? In the 14 segments in the last few months, the only time we couldn't bring the car seat on was when the plane was 100% full.

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Re: Flying With Babies
« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2010, 01:10:06 PM »
 can someone Please explain to me why they wont purchased an extra seat so that they can put thier kid and car seat in it? why gamble and end up not getting an empty and thusly have to hold the kid the whole flight

I can understand if its say 1 1/2-2 hr flight but anything over that seems to me to be definitely worth buying the extra seat