Best airlines for families
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But it doesn't have to be that way. Some airlines go out of their way to accommodate passengers with kids. The seven carriers listed here are helmed by compassionate flight staffs that dole out amenities to make the whole family comfortable at cruising altitude. Here are some of the most kid-friendly international carriers we've found.
Emirates is an airline that helps families every step of the way. On the ground, parents can wheel their tots around in Emirates strollers, and if you're flying business or first class, your kids will enjoy special play areas in the airport lounges. Once you're in the air, there are bassinets and baby formula for infants, as well as toys and an in-flight entertainment system for older children. And if your kids are frequent fliers, they can even start racking up miles with Emirates Skysurfer program. Young jet-setters can put their miles toward everything from future flights to Magrudy's Book Store gift certificates to Wild Wadi Water Park tickets in Dubai.
British Airways operates under a "Feed Kids First" policy, so little ones will get their nutritious meals—plated with healthy portions of fruits and veggies—before you do. That way, children who struggle with impatience (and what kid doesn't?) can devour their dishes, then you can enjoy yours in peace. Another great thing about BA is that toddlers can ride for free. But here's the catch—you need to call ahead to secure the bulkhead and bring your own Britax booster seat. BA also provides kids with Skyflyer activity packs (filled with games and other activities) and in-flight entertainment that features the Disney and Cartoon Networks.
Photo: Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines wins points with families for its many kid-friendly