Towards making flying smooth in the holiday season, mega carrier, British Airways has offered parents some basic reminder steps to ensure a pleasant flying experience for passengers, including children. According to the Country Commercial Manager for West Africa at British Airways, Kola Olayinka, British Airways has always been concerned about ensuring a comfortable flying experience for every passenger to prevent stress on board.
Offering advice on how to enjoy a good flying experience, Olayinka explained that, ‘’When travelling with children, it is important to have a careful plan and take certain precautionary steps that will ensure that a child is relaxed, occupied and comfortable.”
He added that, being in a confined space with a noisy youngster can be awkward for parents and irritating to fellow flyers. “Most children are naturally quite excited about flying. The trick is to harness that interest, without them getting over-excited, while ensuring they do not become fretful in an unfamiliar environment.”
Olayinka thereafter proposed steps to enjoy flying with children without stress to include booking online before one leaves for the airport; take advantage of all the concessions offered to families such as being allowed to take strollers to the door of the aircraft when boarding.
He said families also get priority when boarding, so those travelling with their families can wait until other passengers have disembarked before doing so with their families.
Other advises given by Olayinka include having to understand air-pressure, “ the pressurisation in passenger aircraft is likely to be your child’s main source of discomfort. During ascent and descent, giving the child food or drink will trigger his or her swallowing reflex, which will help the ears equalise.
He added that it is better not to sit kids on the aisle, as they may bump passing trolleys, which have hard edges and hot water. Finally, Olayinka advised parents to remember that the aircrew are their allies and it is in their interest to ensure that they have an enjoyable flight, urging them not to be reluctant to ask for help.