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Flying and carseats.

Posted by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 10:22 PM
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I know this has been asked before LOL so sorry. We are going to Montana and will be flying with 2 toddlers. I have heard things about gate checking carseats (not going to use them on the plane) b/c that way they get handled with more care. Is that correct or what is the best/safest  way to deal with carseats and flying?

 




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frndlyfn
by Emerald Member on Sep. 7, 2009 at 10:27 PM

i would gate check them as the children could use those to sit at while waiting for plane. You can strap them in so they dont go running around the airport .

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by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 10:34 PM


Quoting frndlyfn:

i would gate check them as the children could use those to sit at while waiting for plane. You can strap them in so they dont go running around the airport .

So when you gate check something, after you get off one flight and you are waiting for your connecting flight you go back up to the counter and pick it up? So when your next flight leaves, you go and drop it back off at the gate?? LOL, sorry, I've never flown with kids before. All the flights I found have exactly an hour lay over, I wonder if that will be enough time.

 




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by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 11:05 PM

You don't go back to the counter.  If you gate check something, it will be waiting for you when you get off the plane.  I've done that with strollers.  So yes, you would have to carry it to the next gate and gate check it all over again if you have a connecting flight.  My son sat in his car seat on the plane.  I used the Go Go Kidz Travelmate to stroll him around the airport.   And hour lay over is cutting it close, particularly if it's a large airport and your gates aren't close together.  Flights typically start boarding 30 minutes prior to departure.  This is the Go Go Kidz Travelmate if you are interested.  I got mine at Amazon.com.   The car seat attaches to it and it's an instant stroller.

Go-Go Kidz Travelmate

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Quoting frndlyfn:

i would gate check them as the children could use those to sit at while waiting for plane. You can strap them in so they dont go running around the airport .

So when you gate check something, after you get off one flight and you are waiting for your connecting flight you go back up to the counter and pick it up? So when your next flight leaves, you go and drop it back off at the gate?? LOL, sorry, I've never flown with kids before. All the flights I found have exactly an hour lay over, I wonder if that will be enough time.



 


           

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by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 11:21 PM

Thank you for helping me. I appreciate it. The only other lay over time was 1 hr 23 minutes. That is the longest one and our connecting flight is in Denver. Ughhh.

Quoting butterflyblu:

You don't go back to the counter.  If you gate check something, it will be waiting for you when you get off the plane.  I've done that with strollers.  So yes, you would have to carry it to the next gate and gate check it all over again if you have a connecting flight.  My son sat in his car seat on the plane.  I used the Go Go Kidz Travelmate to stroll him around the airport.   And hour lay over is cutting it close, particularly if it's a large airport and your gates aren't close together.  Flights typically start boarding 30 minutes prior to departure.  This is the Go Go Kidz Travelmate if you are interested.  I got mine at Amazon.com.   The car seat attaches to it and it's an instant stroller.

Go-Go Kidz Travelmate

Quoting cmb121906:

 

Quoting frndlyfn:

i would gate check them as the children could use those to sit at while waiting for plane. You can strap them in so they dont go running around the airport .

So when you gate check something, after you get off one flight and you are waiting for your connecting flight you go back up to the counter and pick it up? So when your next flight leaves, you go and drop it back off at the gate?? LOL, sorry, I've never flown with kids before. All the flights I found have exactly an hour lay over, I wonder if that will be enough time.

 


 




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Fioismommy
by on Sep. 7, 2009 at 11:27 PM

I would call the airline and ask them what they suggest because you do not want to have two carseats you may have to lug around because that airline doesn't check them at gate.  If you paid for the toddlers' tickets (under two can fly for free) then I would use their carseats on the plane because they have their own seats.  My sister is an "in flight specialist" (aka a flight attendent) she says its safest in the worse case serino if you're kid is in a propper carseat.

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