As much as we try to give all our customers an enjoyable experience, we know traveling as a parent can be stressful. Ask a parent what they pack when they travel with their young children and you’re likely to hear, “Everything!” And if the planning and packing wasn’t enough, they also board the plane knowing exactly what everyone else is thinking when they see even the happiest toddler being carried down the aisle: “Please don’t let a crying baby ruin my flight!”
This Mother’s Day, we want to take a moment to acknowledge moms everywhere and encourage everyone to support them, especially while traveling with their young ones and doing their best to keep EVERYONE on the flight happy. For a few such moms, we showed our appreciation by hosting a “Fly Babies” flight, in which customers’ perceptions about babies onboard were turned upside-down, turning tears into cheers at 30,000 feet.
At JetBlue, we work every day to make sure customers of all ages have a great flight. With loads of free entertainment, free Fly-Fi, kid-friendly TV and movie options, and snack choices for even the most discerning palates, there’s something for everyone to stay content and entertained. We also offer some great tips and travel insights for parents at jetblue.com/kids, such as:
Know what you can (and cannot) carry onboard by familiarizing yourself with TSA regulations.
Stuff their backpack with entertainment
Have your little ones bring their own carry-on backpacks filled with crayons, books, games and their favorite toys.
Arrive on time
Give you and your family ample time (2 hours for domestic travel, 3 hours for international) to check baggage and move through security.
Wear them out
Arriving at the airport earlier means your family can spend more time walking around. Burn off some of that extra energy and tire those little jetters out. For toddlers, T5 at JFK includes a kids’ play area located near Gate 12.
Dress comfortably for the plane and simply for the airport
Wear slip-on shoes, keep jewelry to a minimal and avoid wearing a belt, so you have fewer items to take off through security.
JetBlue offers pre-boarding for families with children under the age of 2, so you can have early access to overhead bins, secure car seats and get your kids comfortably seated on the plane.
Fly during nap time
Schedule your flight during your child’s nap time. When they’re snoozing, you’re cruising.
And here’s one more tip we’ve learned in the airline biz: Babies are a lot more attuned to the emotions of the people around them. And nothing will make a flight more relaxing for you and those anxious parents onboard than a smile and some understanding. So go ahead, and smile next time you see that baby onboard. Your mother would be so proud of you.