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Qtips4Mick
08-01-2010, 02:59 PM
I will be leaving on airtran to Orlando in 11 days. I haven't paid the extra $15 pp to pick seats. Will they keep my two grand kids next to me? They are 13 and 9 and that is essential. TIA!

Lewisc
08-01-2010, 03:02 PM
I will be leaving on airtran to Orlando in 11 days. I haven't paid the extra $15 pp to pick seats. Will they keep my two grand kids next to me? They are 13 and 9 and that is essential. TIA!

Absolutely not. You've indicated to Airtran sitting next to your grand kids (and wife) is unimportant to you. You certainly can't expect passengers who paid for seat assignments to move for a passenger who was too cheap to pay.

edited to add--Do a search. Parents with much younger kids then your grand kids wind up getting split. Flights to Disney are filled with families with young kids. Maybe Airtran needs to revise their website. Provide a warning that says something like passengers who decide not pay for assigned seats accept the possibility of winding up with middle seats, separated from their traveling companions. We allow passengers to pay for assigned seats in order to accommodate groups that need to (or want to) sit together. Passengers who have no such requirement don't have to pay for assigned seats.

Qtips4Mick
08-01-2010, 03:10 PM
Excuse me his rudeness! I was led to believe a long time ago, right here, that they would. There are a number of seats still available. My cancer and my husbands loss of his 30 year job make it a hard trip to afford and if that money can pay for meals I would rather do that. It has nothing to do with cheapness or not caring. If that were the case I wouldn't be taking my Grand kids to Universal. Think before you attack!

cjnix29
08-01-2010, 03:11 PM
FWIW...next time you book with airtran, book it through kayak. You get to pick your seats without paying the fee.

Lewisc
08-01-2010, 03:15 PM
I won't revise my post but perhaps I'm reacting to some of the previous posters. My post wasn't intended as an attack.

Asking a passenger who paid for an assigned seat to move so you can sit next to your 13 year old grand kid is kind of rude.

You said They are 13 and 9 and that is essential. I you sit together. Once you say it's essential then you have an obligation to pay for the seat assignment. There are likely to be families with much younger kids who didn't pay for seat assignments and are looking for special treatment. Very little chance another passenger will move so you can sit next to a 13 or 9 year old child.

edited to add the free seat assignment if you book through kayak is ancient history.

A lot of passengers either don't care about seat assignments or expect others will move to accomodate them. Parents with young kids (under 5) may win the bet. Your grand kids aren't that young. The number of open seats is meaningless.

Do a search on DIS. You're mistaken. People aren't telling you Airtran will accommodate (grand) parents with older kids who want to sit together.

Inkmahm
08-01-2010, 03:16 PM
FWIW...next time you book with airtran, book it through kayak. You get to pick your seats without paying the fee.

That hasn't been true anymore for many months.

But the truth is, there is a good chance that the OP WILL be split from the kids and sat where ever there are open seats. These may be middle seats spread out over the entire plane.

If it is important to sit with the children, the ONLY way to assure that happens is to pay for seat assignments in advance. Otherwise, don't complain when other people who did pay don't want to lose their seat so that you can sit with a child. It really is that simple.

Lewisc
08-01-2010, 03:21 PM
Don't take this the wrong way but your kids are old enough to be split. Actually old enough to suggest your family could/should be one of the groups volunteering to be split so a parent can sit next to a young (4-6 year old) child.

edited add--You don't have to pay for assigned seats. You have to make a choice, pay and sit together or don't pay and accept the possibility of being split.

Qtips4Mick
08-01-2010, 03:36 PM
Don't take this the wrong way but your kids are old enough to be split. Actually old enough to suggest your family could/should be one of the groups volunteering to be split so a parent can sit next to a young (4-6 year old) child.

edited add--You don't have to pay for assigned seats. You have to make a choice, pay and sit together or don't pay and accept the possibility of being split.

I just called Airtan. The truth is many of the seats that say reserved are empty! He was able to give me 3 of those seats for $6 each versus the $13/15 noted pp.
I understand your point about them being old enough to be split except that the 13 is a girl and I would rather she sat with me. Call me paranoid but too much goes on and Fl is known for predators. The 9 year old, a boy, and though he would sit anywhere, his chatter may drive others nuts.

Also, it is just the three of us and they are a bit nervous flying. I agree toddlers would need to be with adults more. I could have called the night before and the choice would be free but cheapo grandma forked over the $18!
:hippie:

WeLuvTink!
08-01-2010, 03:40 PM
Login to Airtran's website right at your 24-hour check in time. You can then pick assigned seats together for free (assuming there are still 3 seats together...which I'm sure there will be).

Assuming you're at WDW at the 24-hour mark before your return flight, go to Guest Services in any of the parks (or at your resort). They can check you in, reassign your seats if you ask them to, and they'll print your boarding passes.

Have a great trip with the grandkids! :thumbsup2

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I see you posted above while I was typing my message. Maybe it will help someone else.

Lewisc
08-01-2010, 04:01 PM
You can't go by the seat map. I'm sure more then a few Airtran passengers decide to take their chances. You can't count on getting the seats you want at T-24. A lot of families have the same idea.

Interesting, I didn't realize the seat fee was negotiable.

helenk
08-01-2010, 04:47 PM
You can't go by the seat map. I'm sure more then a few Airtran passengers decide to take their chances. You can't count on getting the seats you want at T-24. A lot of families have the same idea.

Interesting, I didn't realize the seat fee was negotiable.

It's not that the fee is negotiable, they just have different costs for seats. Exit row seats are $20, then there are some that are $15, $13 and $6. When you make your reservation and you opt to select seats then just roll your mouse over the open seats and it will tell you the cost.
When I was going to use Airtran for my Sept trip I just selected a $6 seat (total round trip $12) as I figured I would spend $10 booking the EB seating one way with SW.
So the OP did not "get a deal" it is one of the choices available.

Qtips4Mick
08-01-2010, 04:56 PM
Correct Helen. When I looked online though those $6 seats appeared taken. The rep said he could work magic. I guess so, cause many are empty!
Weluvtink..Thanks for your good wishes! I was afraid to take that chance for $18. We are flying home on jetblue. No charge for seat selections!

Harry Potter here we come!

kaytieeldr
08-01-2010, 05:37 PM
I just called Airtan. The truth is many of the seats that say reserved are empty! He was able to give me 3 of those seats for $6 each versus the $13/15 noted pp.The "$13/$15 noted pp" was the original poster's misperception.

I understand your point about them being old enough to be split except that the 13 is a girl and I would rather she sat with me. Call me paranoid but too much goes on and Fl is known for predators. Interesting concept. Most of the passengers on the flight will be, not Florida residents but relative neighbors of yours. They'll be people of all ages, both genders, from your general area - city, state, maybe nearby states if you're near a state line or if AirTran doesn't serve other nearby airports...

I wasn't aware that 'Florida is known for predators' (I don't think its millions of residents or tourists did, either), but it's not likely they'll be on an inbound-to-Orlando flight. Plus, at thirteen, your granddaughter should be able to say "no", or get up and walk away, or yell for help, or push the flight attendant call button, in an emergency.

While I realize the seat issue is resolved and the OP didn't ask for advice, I'm just going to make a comment... taking a vacation when $45 has a vital effect on one's decisions may not be the best option, since financial emergencies can't be predicted.

Vijoge
08-01-2010, 06:01 PM
Deleted post. I was being rude. . .

tjmw2727
08-01-2010, 06:17 PM
Correct Helen. When I looked online though those $6 seats appeared taken. The rep said he could work magic. I guess so, cause many are empty!
Weluvtink..Thanks for your good wishes! I was afraid to take that chance for $18. We are flying home on jetblue. No charge for seat selections!

Harry Potter here we come!

Just fyi - seat selections aren't guaranteed on any airline even jet blue, aa. delta etc. Watch for a schedule change as your seats can be - re-assigned and spread all over the aircraft. I have been seperated from my kids on Jet Blue and the legacy airlines more times then I can count and they were only 2 and 4 up to 7 and 9 and we had some great and some not so great experiences being re-seated.

Jet Blue was IMHO middle of the pack as far as keeping a family together.

FWIW I would gladly pay the extra $6,9 or 12 for seats if they were guaranteed. I can go without a mickey bar if it means sitting with my kdis.

suecait
08-01-2010, 06:27 PM
IMO it is totally worth paying the extra $ to be seated together.

I sure hope the CS's "magic" wasn't moving another paying family. I have picked a seat before to find out later that I was moved back 10 rows in the same flight. I was not happy. I hope it wasn't due to "magic".

Qtips4Mick
08-01-2010, 09:18 PM
The "$13/$15 noted pp" was the original poster's misperception.

Interesting concept. Most of the passengers on the flight will be, not Florida residents but relative neighbors of yours. They'll be people of all ages, both genders, from your general area - city, state, maybe nearby states if you're near a state line or if AirTran doesn't serve other nearby airports...

I wasn't aware that 'Florida is known for predators' (I don't think its millions of residents or tourists did, either), but it's not likely they'll be on an inbound-to-Orlando flight. Plus, at thirteen, your granddaughter should be able to say "no", or get up and walk away, or yell for help, or push the flight attendant call button, in an emergency.

While I realize the seat issue is resolved and the OP didn't ask for advice, I'm just going to make a comment... taking a vacation when $45 has a vital effect on one's decisions may not be the best option, since financial emergencies can't be predicted.

There may be no next year. Carpe diem.
Yes, many predators move to FL, it is unknown why but the theory is the 12 month warm weather. That too has been discussed here with many links. No reflection on the majority of wonderful people there.

Vijoge
08-02-2010, 09:04 AM
Yes, many predators move to FL, it is unknown why but the theory is the 12 month warm weather. That too has been discussed here with many links. No reflection on the majority of wonderful people there.

Curiosity got the better of me so I looked it up. The top 10 states with the most registered sex offenders (not just child molesters but sex offenders in general) are:

10. Iowa
09. South Carolina
08. Utah
07. Texas
06. Delaware
05. Florida
04. South Dakota
03. Wisconsin
02. Montana
01. Arkansas

Of these, Iowa, Utah, Delaware, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana have absolutely no claim to fair weather. In addition, people need to be aware that :

People You Know
Most all original and recent sexual registry law regulation on the public awareness of these individuals focuses on protecting children from the strangers; when, in actuality, most all of sexual offenses committed against children involve a family member or someone they know well.

I also found a news site that said there have only been 10 reports of alleged child molestation on commercial airplanes in the past two decades, all involving unaccompanied minors.

I worry about people who see a potential child molester hiding behind every rock, bush, and in-flight magazine. They are much more likely to be found at your church, school, or family reunion.

kaytieeldr
08-02-2010, 09:16 AM
There may be no next year. Carpe diem.I never implied deferring a trip. I was simply indicating that if $45 matters so much in a current trip that it affects whether one might eat or not, perhaps taking the trip is not the best decision. If one were to run into an unexpected emergency (redundant, I know) situation on such a trip, one might be up the creek without a paddle.

Lewisc
08-02-2010, 10:42 AM
Different states have different criteria for deciding what crimes result in an offender being subject to being registered as a sex offender. Defense attorney's in some states are conscious of the distinction and are less likely to accept a plea bargain which subjects their client to being registered as a sex offender.

My point is you really can't compare statistics from state to state. I never read anything that suggests sex offenders are moving to Florida. Maybe the PP can provide a link. Everything I read suggests a child is much more at risk from a family member then a passengers sitting next to her on an airplane. Many witnesses. No private place to take the child.

kaytieeldr--I think the OP was talking about budgeting expenses. The money saved, $45 could be budgeted to the trip. The point is valid but $45 doesn't go very far. Maybe 2 tee shirts? Maybe one quick service meal for 4 people?

sam_gordon
08-02-2010, 11:27 AM
I will be leaving on airtran to Orlando in 11 days. I haven't paid the extra $15 pp to pick seats. Will they keep my two grand kids next to me? They are 13 and 9 and that is essential. TIA!

I understand your point about them being old enough to be split except that the 13 is a girl and I would rather she sat with me.

I don't get it. It's ESSENTIAL (your words) that your grandkids sit next to you. So why didn't you pay the extra $ to make sure of that? Or call Airtran and ask them the question?

We have some "cheapy" airlines in my home town, but by the time you add seat selection prices (because it's also essential to me my family sits together), in addition to the baggage fees, they're not so "cheap".

And I think your fears are unfounded about child molesters on airplanes. To say nothing about most child molesters are friends/family, I would think an airplane would be too crowded for anything to happen. Does the 13yo ever go to the mall/movies with friends? I should hope she knows how to handle herself if something does happen.

andymattmom
08-02-2010, 12:01 PM
I don't get it. It's ESSENTIAL (your words) that your grandkids sit next to you. So why didn't you pay the extra $ to make sure of that? Or call Airtran and ask them the question?

We have some "cheapy" airlines in my home town, but by the time you add seat selection prices (because it's also essential to me my family sits together), in addition to the baggage fees, they're not so "cheap".

And I think your fears are unfounded about child molesters on airplanes. To say nothing about most child molesters are friends/family, I would think an airplane would be too crowded for anything to happen. Does the 13yo ever go to the mall/movies with friends? I should hope she knows how to handle herself if something does happen.

I totally agree with you! I can't imagine not paying to sit by my family..my kids are 14 and 15 and we always sit together. I certainly would not budge if someone asked me to move so their family could sit together (we normally sit 3 and the aisle across). We paid the extra to sit together and someone thinks they don't have to and people should move for them....sorry nope!

As for the child molesters on a plane...OMG what about the mall as this poster mentioned. Not to mention UNIVERSAL AND DISNEY WORLD...think if a molester were out there that is a bigger and easier place to get away. They are in stores, in schools (some teachers turn and molest kids), bus drivers, etc. They can be your family member and neighbor--- my friend in a rural area has FIVE registered SEX OFFENDERS living across the street from her and there are NO LAWS stopping this!

I think grandma needs to open her eyes and if it is imperative pay for seats on the way home too. The grandchildren are exposed every day to the "wrong" type of people...the priests who molest, etc seem like the perfect innocent person. They one scary long haired tattooed person might be the best person to protect your grandchild.

In the end please don't expect anyone to move if you don't prepay. If money is that tight that you can't pay the extra then don't go. Or cut back on eating out, drinking sodas in park, buying souveniers, etc so you can all sit together and you can protect what is precious.

OrangeCountyCommuter
08-02-2010, 12:21 PM
They one scary long haired tattooed person might be the best person to protect your grandchild.


If anyone on here has ever done the Breast Cancer 3 Day walk they might fully agree!

I did it years ago. The "volunteers" who were the GREATEST.... A group of men who rode HUGE motorcycles, long hair and tattoo's.... They provided a LOT of support to middle age women struggling to finish 60 miles in 3 days. WHile you might have RUN from them in real life, it certainly made me reconsider what I had been thinking.... underneath the "makeup" they were just giant teddy bears! :goodvibes I would have trusted them with my kids.

(And as a frequent flyer, I have never sat next to anyone who tried to molest me :) )

bicker
08-03-2010, 09:02 AM
Generally, they try to seat entire families together, but there are no guarantees, not even if you pay for seat assignments. If you do pay extra for seat assignments, they will give you priority, of course, for better seating arrangements, though. Regardless, though, generally they will ensure that each child will be seated with at least one adult. Teens may or may not be.

It is important to keep in mind what you are and are not guaranteed when flying, so you aren't surprised during your trip, and so you can make the best decisions beforehand for your family.

Inkmahm
08-03-2010, 12:37 PM
Generally, they try to seat entire families together, but there are no guarantees, not even if you pay for seat assignments. If you do pay extra for seat assignments, they will give you priority, of course, for better seating arrangements, though. Regardless, though, generally they will ensure that each child will be seated with at least one adult. Teens may or may not be.

It is important to keep in mind what you are and are not guaranteed when flying, so you aren't surprised during your trip, and so you can make the best decisions beforehand for your family.That may "generally" be true but I have personally seen a family of 4 (two sons) split into seats all over the plane. One son was fairly young, maybe 5, the other early teens.

bicker
08-03-2010, 12:53 PM
Four different seats? Or 2 + 1 + 1 (which would be consistent what the general case I outlined). I've never seen them put a five year old significantly separated from any other family member. If that does indeed happen, it must be exceedingly rare.

Inkmahm
08-03-2010, 01:19 PM
Four different seats? Or 2 + 1 + 1 (which would be consistent what the general case I outlined). I've never seen them put a five year old significantly separated from any other family member. If that does indeed happen, it must be exceedingly rare.

Four different middle seats in 4 rows all over the plane from the front of coach all the way to the rear of the plane. This was in March on a flight from MCO to MKE.

edit: I went to find my original post on this topic in March http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=35974530&highlight=split+family#post35974530 Back then I posted the younger kid looked to be about 4 and the older maybe 10 or 11.

bicker
08-03-2010, 01:43 PM
I sure hope that wasn't a surprise for the passengers, when they boarded. I guess I could see an airline doing that, in this context: The family presents itself for boarding without seat assignments, but there aren't two seats together any longer. The airline gives the family the choice to wait for the next flight that has two seats together, with no penalty, or to take what's available; and the family chooses to go on the earlier flight. At least that's what my hope is.

crashbb
08-03-2010, 02:04 PM
I sure hope that wasn't a surprise for the passengers, when they boarded. I guess I could see an airline doing that, in this context: The family presents itself for boarding without seat assignments, but there aren't two seats together any longer. The airline gives the family the choice to wait for the next flight that has two seats together, with no penalty, or to take what's available; and the family chooses to go on the earlier flight. At least that's what my hope is.

The family was flying AirTran on which you can pay to pre-select your seats.

If they chose not to do so, the airline has no need to allow them to change flights without cost. The family (not the airline) chose to risk sitting apart and then didn't check in at the 24 mark. The onus is not on the airline to fix the problem.

Of course, we don't know what happened in that specific situation, so I am speaking in generalities. However, judging by the fact that neither the FAs nor the parents requested that people move, I suspect that the family didn't think sitting together was worth paying for. Which is entirely their choice. Heck, by 5 my parents didn't think it was necessary for me to be on the same plane as them and I know we sat apart before I was 5.

bicker
08-03-2010, 02:13 PM
The family was flying AirTran on which you can pay to pre-select your seats. If they chose not to do so, the airline has no need to allow them to change flights without cost. True, but practically-speaking, there are exposures (PR if nothing else) to the airline for having minor children flying separate from other family members. It's just too much of a exposure, I feel, to not offer some mitigation, i.e., a switch to the next flight with appropriate seating available, with no penalty. If the airline offers that, even if that next flight is a few days later, and the family still decides to fly now, then yes, you're right - that's 100% the family's responsibility.

crashbb
08-03-2010, 02:25 PM
True, but practically-speaking, there are exposures (PR if nothing else) to the airline for having minor children flying separate from other family members. It's just too much of a exposure, I feel, to not offer some mitigation, i.e., a switch to the next flight with appropriate seating available, with no penalty. If the airline offers that, even if that next flight is a few days later, and the family still decides to fly now, then yes, you're right - that's 100% the family's responsibility.

We'll have to agree to disagree. If the family chooses not to pay for seats and doesn't check in before all the pairs are gone, it is 100% the family's responsibility.

The airline may be nice and try to reduce the impact of the family's choices, but it remains 100% the family responsibility.

Hannathy
08-03-2010, 02:27 PM
True, but practically-speaking, there are exposures (PR if nothing else) to the airline for having minor children flying separate from other family members. It's just too much of a exposure, I feel, to not offer some mitigation, i.e., a switch to the next flight with appropriate seating available, with no penalty. If the airline offers that, even if that next flight is a few days later, and the family still decides to fly now, then yes, you're right - that's 100% the family's responsibility.

I'm afraid you are living in a dream world. This is nothing new airlines have been separating kids and families for a looong time. My DD is 18 and I remember being separated from her going to Disney when she was 3.5 and this was on a big name airline well before the paying for seats etc stuff started. Over the years my kids and I have been separated many many times. It is no big deal to them and usually in all the case I've observed the parent is more upset than any child has ever been. Heck the last few years mine have asked to be apart so they can each get a window!

I do know that there is no way I would get up and get re-situated for a 13 yr old that didn't have apparent special needs and then I would be seriously wondering why they didn't pay to have this privileged. A 13 yr old is plenty old enough to care for themselves on an airplane and if they aren't then there are some serious issues going on somewhere.
PS they aren't even considered minors anymore by the airlines when they are flying alone.(at least they didn't used to be)

bicker
08-03-2010, 02:46 PM
13 year olds are teens. I was specific, in the first message in this set of replies, distinguishing teens from other children. Actually, in that message, I mentioned specifically that I was talking about five year olds.

Hannathy
08-03-2010, 02:55 PM
13 year olds are teens. I was specific, in the first message in this set of replies, distinguishing teens from other children.

Yes I know you were I was referring back to the OP sorry if it didn't seem that way.

I don't think either of her children were actually young enough for it to have been a problem. Like I said when I have seen families split up the only people upset was the parent. The kids usually roll with the punches and treat it like an adventure.

bicker
08-03-2010, 03:00 PM
Understood. Thanks for the clarification.

travelmom6416
08-03-2010, 03:12 PM
A family vacation is all about budgeting--right down to the seat fees if applicable or necessary. It is not an entitlement. I have three children and all pay seat fees for a family of 5. I choose the $6 seats. It was nice a few years back when we would fly US Airways and have no bag fees or seat fees and get a free soda. Things have changed. We now fly Airtran for less, pay our seat and bag fees and still get a free soda. My point is that the cost of traveling has gone up for everyone. You should plan on the expense when planning your trip and stay in budget. It makes for a much nicer vacation.

lisamarch
08-03-2010, 03:19 PM
I wonder how many abductions or molestations take place on planes. :confused3

bicker
08-03-2010, 03:29 PM
Abductions? I don't think that there are a significant number. Molestations are another story.

lisamarch
08-03-2010, 03:34 PM
If I were worried about my child getting molested I'd pay the $15 per kid.

bicker
08-03-2010, 03:36 PM
Me too.

peabody58
08-03-2010, 05:39 PM
I'd pay to ensure some of my family members do not sit together! :rotfl2:

Hannathy
08-03-2010, 06:59 PM
I'd pay to ensure some of my family members do not sit together! :rotfl2:

the last time we flew my kids were in separate rows probably a half dozen rows apart or so and the gate agent saw that and said oh just a minute I can move you guys together in a row and both of them said NO at the same time so adamantly I think he jumped! They like their windows and being away from each other.

kirstenb1
08-03-2010, 07:00 PM
Curiosity got the better of me so I looked it up. The top 10 states with the most registered sex offenders (not just child molesters but sex offenders in general) are:

10. Iowa
09. South Carolina
08. Utah
07. Texas
06. Delaware
05. Florida
04. South Dakota
03. Wisconsin
02. Montana
01. Arkansas

Of these, Iowa, Utah, Delaware, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana have absolutely no claim to fair weather. In addition, people need to be aware that :

People You Know
Most all original and recent sexual registry law regulation on the public awareness of these individuals focuses on protecting children from the strangers; when, in actuality, most all of sexual offenses committed against children involve a family member or someone they know well.

I also found a news site that said there have only been 10 reports of alleged child molestation on commercial airplanes in the past two decades, all involving unaccompanied minors.

I worry about people who see a potential child molester hiding behind every rock, bush, and in-flight magazine. They are much more likely to be found at your church, school, or family reunion.

I wonder how many jails there are in these states. Our county has a regional jail in it, and when I first googled "sex offenders" and our county's name, I about had a heart attack. Then I noticed they all had the same address, and put 2+2 together.

Gigi22
08-03-2010, 07:01 PM
I would never agree to change seats to allow a 13 year old to sit with parents/grandparents, unless the child has special needs. My 14 year old niece just flew with her same age girlfriend, without adults, to Paris, France. A 13 year old can manage.

duffy
08-04-2010, 08:10 AM
My daughter flew alone last summer from Boston to Baltimore. She was 13 at the time.

If I really, honestly was worried about the person sitting next to your granddaughter molesting her, I'd pay the money to have her sit next to you. I'd also coach her on how to react if someone did anything she was uncomfortable with. Is that really, honestly, an issue?

But let's face it, it's all about the money, really, now isn't it?? It's about saving $45.

mis099dlm
08-04-2010, 04:37 PM
If it's important to you to be seated with your family, then pay the seat selection fee. If not for the reasons previously mentioned, then for emergency response. If there is an emergency and the need/ability to deplane quickly, then I would rather rely on myself to help get my kids off the plane rather than a stranger or the FA's.

LilyWDW
08-04-2010, 09:51 PM
I would never agree to change seats to allow a 13 year old to sit with parents/grandparents, unless the child has special needs. My 14 year old niece just flew with her same age girlfriend, without adults, to Paris, France. A 13 year old can manage.

:thumbsup2

Don't expect a lot of sympathy from people if you ask them to change their seats so you can see with a teen. I know I would not move, especially depending on the seat for trade.

miksicnarf
08-05-2010, 10:51 AM
We just returned from a round trip LAX-MCO on Airtran, our first experience with them. My three kids are 20something, so it was no big deal if we were split up and I refuse to pay extra for seat assignments. I kept checking the available seats online, just for kicks, and as of a day or two before our flight there were no seats together showing as available. However, when I checked in online 24 hours in advance, we were assigned four seats in a row--three together and one across the aisle. So, to echo what a few others have said, seats that show up as reserved may in fact be available.
For our return flight, once again I checked in online at the 24 hour mark, but I did so from my cell phone and didn't get seat assignments. When we got back to the room hours later I checked again on my laptop and was able to choose seats at no charge. I have no clue why. There weren't four together, but I was able to get two together and two nearby--those two could have been together but the boys preferred a window and an aisle rather than side-by-side. Perfectly acceptable and worth the savings, IMHO.

Qtips4Mick
08-05-2010, 11:42 AM
First of all, many posts ago, I stated that I called Airtran and paid for what appeared to be reserved seats near one another. They were available for $6 PP.

Secondly, there were a lot of seats available, I had no desire AT ALL to break up people who had paid in advance for those seats.
My question was would they attempt to keep families together.

Kids have been molested in Disney, in the pools. I read it right here. It happens, probably rarely, but I would rather not worry about their seat mates.
I agree you cannot tell by the persons appearance. I also, like another poster mentioned, want to be with these kids in an emergency.
Thanks for your help!

Hannathy
08-05-2010, 11:59 AM
I also, like another poster mentioned, want to be with these kids in an emergency.
Thanks for your help!

Actually kids do better in an emergency than adults, they follow directions better!

Evi
08-05-2010, 03:09 PM
I just called Airtan. The truth is many of the seats that say reserved are empty! He was able to give me 3 of those seats for $6 each versus the $13/15 noted pp.
I understand your point about them being old enough to be split except that the 13 is a girl and I would rather she sat with me. Call me paranoid but too much goes on and Fl is known for predators. The 9 year old, a boy, and though he would sit anywhere, his chatter may drive others nuts.

Also, it is just the three of us and they are a bit nervous flying. I agree toddlers would need to be with adults more. I could have called the night before and the choice would be free but cheapo grandma forked over the $18!
:hippie:

I think its great they were able to accommodate you at a lower price.

But I know I've seen this question before and it gets ugly on the boards. I've also seen this happen in flight were a parent waits till actually on flight to request seats and I've seen families split. I think when your flying to disney its best to book your seats in advance. Al ot of people on flights heading to Orlando are also doing so to go to Disney and there are alot of little ones on the planes. I don't see parents splitting up their families to accommodate someone else. Also as a single adult when I travel with df if I paid for my seat assignment I'm not going to volunteer my seat because someone else didn't want to pay the fees associated with being able to reserve their seats. I do think its ridiculous that airlines have started charging us for all these little add ons. But its also something I plan for when I make my budget for my vacation.