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Mamamia spoke to Kate*, who has learned a lot about family travel during her 21 years as a member of the ground staff team for airports in Melbourne and Sydney. We also got some insight from Aaron*, a flight attendant, who has truly Seen. It. All.
Here are their expert tips to make life easier for families flying with children.
Flying tip #1: Pick the best seats.
We know you don't always get the seats you want. But if you're in a position to pick, you can definitely hack the aircraft's configuration for a smoother flight with kids – particularly on long-haul flights.
For longer trips, like from Sydney to Los Angeles, you'll likely be on an Airbus A380, says Kate, which is a three-four-three configuration. For parents with two kids, booking the centre row, where there are four seats, is ideal.
"Many parents opt to sit in the D and G aisle seats with both kids in the centre E and F seats," Kate says.