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It is an iron-clad rule in the airline industry that whatever Congress touches, it breaks. The best example is the tarmac delay law, which went from being predictably disastrous to being actually disastrous, and which Congress - at the behest of the shrill busybodies from Flyers Rights - tried to expand and make into permanent law. But let's not forget the U.S. government's plan to fine foreign tourists in order to increase tourism, which was actually a plan to fine foreign tourists so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada could use their money to promote "Vegas-style tourism."
And let's also not forget Congress's repeated forays into a wide array of airline policies that they don't quite understand but that they're more than happy to bluster about: baggage fee structures, safety regulations, opaque fees, etc.
And so we come to today's Congressional brainstorm. It's being doneof courseFor The Children.
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When Malaysia Airlines promised that their new Airbus A380's would showcase bleeding-edge innovations in passenger comfort, we assumed they were just referring to the impressive engineering lengths to which they'd gone: 2 decks and 494 seats' worth of new chairs and USB-enabled entertainment systems. But while technology is importantand no one appreciates slick travel rollouts more than we dothere's more to in-flight coziness than extra legroom and the ability to watch your illegally downloaded House MD episodes on the screen in front of you.
"Noise-sensitive passengers," by which we assume they mean "everybody," will now be able to reserve those seats secure in the knowledge that screaming babies will be at least one full plane deck below. Thus the first lesson of this post: if you're flying from Kuala Lumpur to London or Sydney this summer, consider Malaysia Airlines.
Weíre kind of jealous that we didnít think of this first, but thatís only if it catches on and could have scored us loads of cash. Unfortunately, we really donít know if itís going to be the next big thing in air travel. Nanny in the Clouds promises to give you and your family a little bit of an extra hand the next time youíre flying up in the air, as the plan is to connect in-flight nannies with families in need of a little extra assistance.
Thereís a couple options from which to choose, as Nanny in the Clouds will be happy to help you set up your own in-flight babysitter company. On the other hand you can also search for those who area already scheduled to fly on your flight, and then theyíll take care of connecting you and your family with an extra pair of hands. Itís only $10 to use the service to arrange your in-flight nanny, but after that itís up to you and your personal Mary Poppins to discuss the final payments.
C'monyou knew this was going to happen. Beyonce and Jay-Z made a baby and this babyBlue Ivy (like a superhero or something)is about to become the world's hottest celebrity travelers. Why do we say this? Well, simply because traveling celebrity kids are a thing and, not only that, but the tabloids love a traveling A-list family, as evidenced by years and years of a barrage of articles on where the Jolie-Pitt clan are jetting off to.
Even betterthis is going to be a cute little baby who'll turn into a cute little girl, who'll turn into a sassy teenager who knows more about St. Barts and private yachts and Gulfstream jets than most billionaires, because she's going to be raised amidst the best of all that, with parents who each must jet set in luxury as part of their jobs. Wow. Have we ever been more jealous of a helpless infant than we are right now?
And before we could even get this meager little story out, the frickin' LA Times had already coughed up a list of places that baby Blue Ivy needs to visit, such as the famous Blue Hole of Belize. We rest our case.
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Forget strangers who nap on your shoulder, clip their toenails in the aisle or talk to you straight through the flight; the universal worst seatmate a flyer could (not) hope for is a crying baby in their ear. Don't get us wrong as we love babies, just not when we've paid good money to get to where we're going in one piece and in peace.
As you can imagine, the frustrations are magnified when noisy babies are brought into the higher priced Business and First Class cabins. Oftentimes travelers choose to pay the premium cost for the premium benefit of sitting in a quieter cabin, in more spacious seats, and maybe getting sleep to adjust to time zones or prepare for a stressful day. And then a baby cries and what's the point anymore?
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We have a really excellent series here at Jaunted (if we do say ourselves), called "My First Flight." Readers like you are invited to send us the story of your first trip in the skies, which we'll share on the site, because everyone's got to have a first time and it makes for a truly enjoyable read. The thing is, these stories come years and years after the first flight, when the moment has been relegated to the memory bank. It's not often that we hear from a newbie to the skies...until now. Kinda.
Yesterday while traveling on a regular ol' flight from DTW to DCA, we were witness to a tiny baby's very first plane trip. It was onboard a half-full Air Wisconsin Canadair Regional Jet that seats max 50 people, so this little girl could have disturbed everyone with her crying. Alas, she didn't cry one bit; instead, she spent the little-over-one-hour flight happily smiling at her mom and making courteous little giggles at the flight attendant's cooing. For her perfect behavior, the FA awarded the baby with a Certificate of First Flight.
If your social calendar is full of upcoming baby showers, ditch the same old treacly gifts that everyone will give the new parents. Instead, give the globe-trotting mom and dad some cool traveling duds for baby that will make people laugh or make a statement. Or buy one for your frequent-flyer baby.
Check out our three top picks for baby traveler shirts after the jump.
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Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has a great reputation for a few reasons: an amazing Studio CX in-flight entertainment system, flight attendants who keep their cool even on a 15-hour direct flight from JFK to HKG, and free in-flight all-you-can-eat ramen noodles (as recently sampled by us). But little did we know that they'll also give you a free diaper kit if you're traveling with an infant.
The news comes via Cathay's Twitter, and we did some digging to discover just how much of a bundle your bundle of joy will be receiving.
Either KLM is redefining the term "baby on board" by installing some sort of new fangled in-cabin baby hammocks, or some rather adventurous parents figured out that their young one was happiest in the contraption pictured above the white haired dude in this photo.
We have heard that KLM really goes above and beyond when it comes to baby travelers--bringing extra baby food, constantly offering water and juice, etc, but configuring tiny pack and plays complete with safety belts? That is new to us.
So, enlighten us--What is going on here?