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Leaving. Jet plane. Dude.

First plane trip is upon us shortly. I am trying to OVER prepare because I am already nervous. I'm not used to being the center of naked contempt and hostility. Taking a baby on an airplane pretty much guarantees we will be looked at with both even before we are on board.

I've tried to suss out what we'll be in for. You see, airlines and the TSA tend to be a little vague about protocol. The stories I've read reflect this. Some people had no problems with their car seat. Some people could not get theirs to fit in tiny seats and were only re-accommodated after doing some dramatic crying. I called Delta to make 100% sure there were no size restrictions on car seats, and they said no. Delta, I am holding you to this and I will write a scathing journal entry if you lied to me!

The TSA says you may only bring "reasonable" amounts of (liquid-y) baby items through. What constitutes reasonable? Depends on the mood of the agent you're dealing with. Some are lenient. Others will seize your baby's food if it is fruit or yogurt because that is not baby food, you see. It's dessert. Stop trying to blow up planes with your blueberries, ma'am. I thought I was being crafty by bringing all powdered formula with me. Babycenter has just assured me that I will be taken to a tiny room and interrogated. I wanted to bring powder because then I can carry a lot more of it and just buy bottled water to mix it. I have visions of being held hostage on a tarmac for hours on end without being let off the plane and then running out of formula. I guess that would be my comeuppance for failing to breastfeed, but I hear you can get kicked off of a plane for doing that, too.

In short, somebody invent teleportation already. Please?


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Oct. 7th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
We brought two big bottles of pumped milk -- they have a swab they hold over it to check for fumes. Presumably they have something similar for formula. As for the carseat, our infant seat fit just fine on the plane. Your carseat manual should say whether it's approved for air travel (which suggests it ought to fit) but Delta should have measurement guidelines you can then cross reference with your seat. I actually looked up our carseat brand and Southwest when we flew for confirmation from other parents that they'd brought it on planes of that airline without problems.

Security with all the stuff can be a bitch, but we just put on our best cute faces and said "We've never done this before, help us, please."
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Fumes? I guess that's less invasive than having to unscrew caps. Josh wants to take our new (giant) Britax seat. I told him if he wants to carry that and a baby, he's welcome to. I'd rather take the infant seat, but since we won't have it on future flights, I guess we may as well go ahead and see how the Britax does.
Oct. 7th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Where are you going? When Fan went back to Hunan for the summer with Phoebe, we called and bitched enough that they gave Fan a bulkhead seat with a bassinet. There were only 4 designated spaces on the plane though, and different planes / seating configs have different arrangements, but it was definitely worth it on the 13 hour flight. In fact, she hated not having it on the 2.5 hour flight from New York to New Orleans.

She took a ton of powdered formula, pre-mixed liquid formula, baby food, etc on with her and they didn't say anything. She even managed to take a bigass tube of butt paste on with her.

Try it and see. Although the US customs at the Vancouver airport are notorious dicks, the security wasn't so bad.
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
We're flying to MS for Fake Thanksgiving weekend. We're actually leaving out of Seattle because it's $1,000 cheaper than flying out of Vancouver. The long flight is only 4 hours so I hope it won't be too bad. I can't imagine a 13 hour flight for ME much less with a baby.
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
When I flew to / from Malaysia last month, it was a 14 hour flight followed by another 8 hour flight. That sucked so bad that I wished I was on just the 13 hour flight with my grumpy ass daughter.
Oct. 7th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
If you play the game, you lose.
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