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The Mamava Lactation Suite, which debuted May 6, gives nursing moms a comfy, private place to nurse or pump. The 4 X 8-foot pods comfortably fit a woman traveling with a breast pump and luggage — and of course, a baby. The suite has fold-down tables, electrical outlets and cushy seats.
LaGuardia also debuted one Mamava lactation suite while Newark’s Liberty introduced two. Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport has had one since March, and according to USA Today, plans are in the works to bring the suites to Houston and Atlanta as well. The message on the suite at JFK explains the concept perfectly:
Hello Mamas! The Mamava Suite provides a solution for nursing mother’s on-the-go –- because necessity is the mother of invention! This private, peaceful, practical room is perfect for women who need to pump or breastfeed. Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in T5, but please feel free to use this lactation suite if you need a place to pump or a quieter place to nurse your baby.The suite provides the same message in Spanish on the other side.
Kudos to all the partners involved with these suites – instead of contributing to boob-gates (poorly handled public breastfeeding incidents) they are offering solutions. The suites will be in place through October and might be extended, presumably based on usage and feedback.
[Photo: Seventh Generation]
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Good news for moms and families on the go, as breastfeeding just got a little more comfortable and convenient for those traveling to or through Mitchell International Airport over in Milwaukee.
Three new Mamava Lactation Suites are now doing their thing within the airport, and each includes a couple of bench seats, a fold-down table for a breast pump, and a power outlet to plug it—or your iPad—in. There’s even a little space for your luggage and stroller as well. If you’re looking to check these out head into the concession mall and beyond security, as these will be situated in concourses C and D.
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Nothing gives a better inside glimpse into how billionaires live – and travel – than a good old-fashioned nasty divorce. And that’s what’s happening right now in Chicago between the richest man in Illinois, Citadel hedge fund founder Ken Griffin, and his estranged wife Anne Dias Griffin.
Worth more than $5 billion (that’s nine zeroes, folks!), Griffin asked Dias to sign a prenup entitling her to about $50 million should the marriage go south. But when it did, such a minuscule chunk of her husband’s estate didn’t sit well with Dias, and she has tried -- so far to no avail -- to have the prenup thrown out.
So now she wants $1 million a month in child support (that’s six zeroes, folks!), which Griffin says is really a ruse to make him continue to fund her lavish life. Before you cry afoul, keep in mind that in Illinois children are entitled to the same lifestyle they enjoyed while their parents were married – and, oh boy, do the three Griffin children, all age eight and under, live the life.
Typically on airplanes, children under the age of two don't require their own seat and can sit on the lap of their parent, free of charge. However some airlines do charge up to 10 percent of the ticket price for such tiny passengers. But according to reports, a few airlines want to change this policy and up the fee for lapchildren.
Brazil's airlines are leading the charge, proposing that the cap on fees for children be waived, allowing each individual airline to decide what to charge customers. You know - $25 for the bag, $200 for the baby. Brazil's National Civil Aviation agency, Anac, is drawing up the "in virtue of tariff liberty" plan that will be decided on by the end of 2016.
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Travelers love to gripe; it's part of the de-stressing regiment when it comes to traveling in a flying tin can, shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers. After all, there's so much to complain about, from security theater to bathroom hygiene, to crying babies before 6am flights. Still, one area in which airports have been considerably improving is the food court. It's not just Sbarro and Cinnabon any longer, and frowns are turning upside-down.
Our friends at the many Eater sites have cleverly rated and recommended eateries via their Airport Dining Guides for the major US (and 1 Canadian) airports, so you don't miss out on great BBQ or a better cup of coffee just because it's not next to your gate.
These guides, first introduced earlier this year, were just updated before Thanksgiving with the harried and hungry traveler in mind. We recommend bookmarking your favorite airport now, before you're flying home for the holidays with a grumble in your stomach:
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Blah blah blah Apple Pay. Although it seems like the new mode of payment is all anyone can talk about this week, the attention is for good reason. Apple Pay is hopefully the first step towards a future we've always envisioned for travelers, a future served by universal payment.
Granted, Apple Pay has a long long way to go before we can hold up our phone to pay for bus fare in Hong Kong one day, and do the same to pay the bill at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark the next, but the growing ubiquity of iPhones and iPads means this native Apple app has serious potential, not to mention that many other countries have already eclipsed the US in contactless payment technology.
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South Africa’s new rules for traveling into and out of the country with children are so strict, they almost seem unbelievable. But a new reality is indeed coming for families, so, despite how excessive they might seem, they must be taken seriously if you want to be allowed to enter the country. Enforcement will commence in a few weeks on October 1st.
To start, let’s take a look at what the new rules are, and then we’ll get into some perspective on the motivation behind them. South Africa’s website gives us a very detailed breakdown of the new requirements, applicable to all children under 18 years of age:
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There are plenty of ways to give back while vacationing in Orlando, and now Universal is offering families an option as part of an easy package.
Universal Orlando Resort is offering guests the chance to volunteer at Give Kids The World Village, a cost-free storybook resort for children with life-threatening illnesses, in exchange for discounts on their own vacation.
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Air travel is going to cost a little more to send the little ones all on their own, as American Airlines is making some changes to their unaccompanied minor policy.
Previously the fee covered minors between ages five and eleven, but now it looks like they’re going to charge you for tweens as well—up to age fourteen. This is on top of regular fares, so you’ll be looking at $150 extra—and that’s each way—to send the kiddos without supervision.
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When Labor Day weekend caps the busy summer season in Orlando, the city will usher in a full month of deals and promotions as the kids go back to school during the month of September.
Marketed as Orlando's Magical Deal Month, discounts on hotels, restaurants, and about 150 theme parks are aggregated on a special website from Visit Orlando. Savings at Disney World, Universal, and Sea World are available, as well as $33 three-course prix-fixe dinners and hotel/dining combination packages throughout the city.
In an interview with our big bro, Conde Nast Traveler, Sir Richard Branson was asked if there were any new ideas he'd been kicking around for his airlines. His response, on the surface, was seemingly directed at improving family travel:
"I would love to introduce [a] kids' class," Branson said. "It would be a separate cabin for kids with nannies to look after them. We’ve had an issue with the Civil Aviation Authority. They worry in an emergency kids would be running in one direction and their parents would be running in the other. So we haven’t got it through yet."
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It’s a little late to enter this year’s contest, well that and the fact that it’s only open to the kiddos. However, we still think it’s worth mentioning, as it’s not everyday that they host a paper airplane contest at a major international airport.
Things are part of Vancouver International Airport’s YVR Take-Off Fridays, and this is the second annual occurrence of this little airplane contest and celebration.