We are just back from a great trip with the family, a little pre-Thanksgiving getaway and flew US Airways with Toddler WeeklyFlyer (2.5 yrs) and new addition, Baby WeeklyFlyer (3.5 months.) We usually don’t fly US Airways but, on this occasion the miles ratios worked out and so off we were on our first flight with not just one but, 2 small children!
No Pre-Board For Families
As we approached boarding, we were surprised to be told that we could not pre-board with our little ones; that pre-board was limited to only to wheelchairs, i.e. presumably people with mobility issues needing extra time to get down the ramp. Not sure when it happened but having 2 small children no longer qualifies for needing extra time.
This seems like a very poor policy if you ask me. Even Mrs. WeeklyFlyer and I in all our experienced travels, are very much slowed down by the children being in tow. I tried to find this policy on US Air’s or American Airlines website but, couldn’t specifically where this policy was spelled out.
Overall, we had a fantastic trip but, we were definitely taken aback with this lack of consideration for families. With holiday travels right around the corner, you may want to call your airline before flying with small children to understand their specific policies around pre-boarding families. This way, at least you will know what to expect! Happy travels!