Last week a 2-year-old girl had a tantrum. Why is this headline news? Is it because toddlers delaying flights is a real issue facing the airline industry, or because stories like this garner hundreds of heated comments and page views?
As a traveling parent, you should be prepared -- prepared to provide for your baby but also prepared to amuse and comfort her. Pack your carry-on luggage with enough food, snacks, and distractions to last the duration of your journey.
I was nervous. I rehearsed pointed retorts to any possible snide remarks. Vacations are exciting, but getting there is no longer half the fun. We were leaving on a jet plane with our daughter, then 20-months-old.
A flight attendant once told me that babies are the only thing not required to be strapped in for take off and landing. You would have to purchase a seat, but wouldn't you pay any amount to keep your baby safe?