Some interesting Labor Day stats: According to Airfarewatchdog, 85% of surveyed readers believe that airline carriers should dedicate sections for parents of babies and young children. And 100% suggested that they would pay a premium to fly without the patter of little feet in the aisle.
While I’m inclined to think that this reflects the worst of society, traveling with children is admittedly difficult for everyone involved. And the stress of close quarters is only compounded in the presence of a toddler with ears that won’t decompress.
As a dad traveling with children I have never traveled with a sense of entitlement. Yes, I paid as much as the man trying to sleep in the seat in front of us. But he has no obligation to embrace my daughter’s occasional outburst or need for a diaper change. As traveling parents all we can do is plan ahead, pray for sleep and count each minute to landing.