Originally Posted by jessjgh1
Also make sure you ALWAYS put the car seat (if travelling with one) in the window seat. No airline/attendant should let it stay in a middle or aisle seat because it blocks access to the aisle (and would trap you from getting out quickly if you were sitting in the window seat).
Make sure you don't end up in an exit row.
You (again technically, but depending on how stringent people are) "always" have to remove child from the carrier to go through the xray-- BUT if you have an all cloth carrier (ring slings will set off the detector) they MIGHT let you through- -just don't count on it.
Also, even if you tell everyone when you buy the ticket, when you check in, when you board the plane, etc. that you are travelling with an infant/carseat/ or whatever, they still seem to put you in the one seat that you can't be in!! On one plane (very small one) we were in the bulkhead, which apparently carseats are not supposed to be in-- and the pilot almost had to cut the seat belt to get my sleeping son and the carseat out (the plane belt clasped and when it was tightended the buckle ended up in the back of the seat where we could not reach it to open it up and release the belt). I've been seated in the exit rows, blockign other travellers, etc.
Our experience is that on international flights (trans-pacific as well as just to Canada) it's only US security that demands that the baby be taken from the carrier when going through the metal detector. Obviously, a ring sling would set it off, so you'd want to take that off, but a mei tei won't. Going through security in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, we not only got waved to the front of the line (crying toddler, anyone?) but didn't have to take her out of the mei tei.
(I got really irritated in Los Angeles recently--had to take apart everything
: toddler out of carrier, carrier through x-ray, shoes off, video camera out of case and in it's own bin to be x-rayed...so we're on the other side, trying to get everything put back together, and I got chastised by one of the TSA folks for seating Clara on the table in front of me--you know, so she wouldn't make a run for it. Grrr.)
It's worth double-checking on the bulkhead thing, as the policy may vary from airline to airline. We were on Cathay Pacific in February; had made a big point of getting the bulkhead (which is, incidently, where they have the bassinets anyway). One flight attendant told us we'd have to be reseated; we asked that they double check and it turned out the policy had just recently changed and we were able to stay there, with carseat. Plus side: more legroom. Minus side: the seats are narrower (because the tray is built into the side and has to go somewhere).