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Old 09-28-2011, 06:56 PM   #16
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I'm honestly flabbergasted by some replies.

OP I hope it works out for you. I have so many other things to say but I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around it all. The thought of my kidlets being away from me on a plane is just ......
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:27 PM   #17
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OP, I'm glad Delta was able to figure things out for you. Hopefully all stays as planned now and you you can fly stress free.

We have been in a similar situation and booked our seats direct through Delta so they even lose their own customers seating at times. We tend to book 6+ months out so have learned to check our reservations quite often for any changes the airline makes. Delta has also been able to accommodate us in the "family section" and while I prefer not to be in the a$$ of the plane, it's much better than having my kids sit with strangers. Call me overprotective if you want, I am very much OK with that.

We've also done the asking other passengers to swap seats when we've had flights cancelled/rebooked and have all ended up separate from one another. I went into it understanding we probably wouldn't get the 5 of us together, but at least a child paired with an adult is better than them off by themselves. I think most passengers would much prefer to sit next to a competent adult than an unpredictable kid, so if the worst should happen and you end up separated ask if other passengers would mind swapping seats. I'm willing to be you find many understanding and kind people on board.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:08 PM   #18
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Yes but even these aren't guaranteed. Seats can and do change very frequently.

It is always best for all parties to carry their own stuff that they will need for the flight and for children to be prepared that the whole family may not be sitting together but will all be on the same plane and get there at the same time and to just wait in their seat till Mom or whoever comes and gets them.


I have never understood the fuss over sitting together
I was going to ask if you had kids, but your later post indicates you do. I can't believe you would allow a 4 year old to sit alone. As a social worker, I am appalled you see nothing wrong with that. I am sure the other passengers enjoyed babysitting your child too.

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Ok just to give the OP some back up on the age issue.... I would never allow my 6 yr old to sit between strangers on a plane. Six...are you kidding me? That's kinder maybe 1st grade!

There are alot of freaks out there people! You aren't guaranteed to sit next to some nice normal person. When traveling alone I have had numerous seat buddies come on to me, one particularly touchy one and not to mention the one who talked to me about how great drugs are and if I'd like to go get high after we land in Houston the whole flight

Now chances are the child would be fine, yes. I still choose to believe there's more good in the world than bad. And I might be sitting right behind them or in front of them or whatever. But um still, no thank you.

What you do is your business, I just can't believe some are acting like the OP is being ridiculous for not allowing this.

Now all of that being said, when you fly, being split up is a risk you take. And it does always say you aren't guaranteed your requested seat. You're very lucky they were willing to rearrange for you but I'm glad that they were and hope another family wasn't split up in the process

We have had Delta ask other passengers to switch with us. I don't expect all of us to sit together, but at least no children alone. They booked my DS1 alone one flight (plane changed and we were not aware our seating changed with it).
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:33 PM   #19
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I am sure the other passengers enjoyed babysitting your child too.

Minus the fact that I wouldnt put my two 5 yo's and 8 yo with other people. Who wants to sit with my upset, probably scared 5 yo for hours??? Are they going to take them to the bathroom too?
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:49 PM   #20
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This thread has inspired me to log onto Spirit and prepay for our seats. We're on a tight budget and I'm not thrilled to pay the $80...but I don't want to leave it to chance that they'll separate us from our kids, and I don't want to stress out about arguing with other passengers. I'm baffled by the responses of those who think kids can/should be able to sit by themselves on a flight and I can pretty much guarantee that if you didn't want to give up your aisle seat so I could sit by my two year old...after about 20 minutes you'd change your mind and beg me to switch. But in any case, the peace of mind was worth the $80 I guess.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:03 PM   #21
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This is why I always book directly with the airline. I own the reservation, I make the seat selection.
That doesn't necessarily matter - I paid for seat selection on our last trip to ensure we'd be sitting together and when we arrived at the airport it turned out that there was a maintenance issue with the seats in the row we'd selected and we had to be moved. This was on Spirit and they handled it well, finding seats for me & my then-2yo to be next to one another, but I was somewhat miffed about paying to be seated together and still having to juggle at the last minute.

My older kids would probably have been okay on their own from about 6yo because they just bury their noses in a book or their Leapster (when they were younger) or Nintendo DS (now) for the duration of the flight. But for a longer flight - we haven't gone anywhere further than 3ish hrs - or a younger child I'd do whatever I could to make sure I was at least nearby.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #22
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That doesn't necessarily matter - I paid for seat selection on our last trip to ensure we'd be sitting together and when we arrived at the airport it turned out that there was a maintenance issue with the seats in the row we'd selected and we had to be moved. This was on Spirit and they handled it well, finding seats for me & my then-2yo to be next to one another, but I was somewhat miffed about paying to be seated together and still having to juggle at the last minute.

My older kids would probably have been okay on their own from about 6yo because they just bury their noses in a book or their Leapster (when they were younger) or Nintendo DS (now) for the duration of the flight. But for a longer flight - we haven't gone anywhere further than 3ish hrs - or a younger child I'd do whatever I could to make sure I was at least nearby.
No but op said that expedia never forwarded or delta didn't accept the seat requests. So has she booked directly with the airline she may have had the seats together. Of course planes can change but I'm a little OCD and frequently check plane reservations to make sure the plane is still the same a bs the seats are still the same.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:28 PM   #23
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Minus the fact that I wouldnt put my two 5 yo's and 8 yo with other people. Who wants to sit with my upset, probably scared 5 yo for hours??? Are they going to take them to the bathroom too?
why would a 5 yr old need to be taken to the bathroom? I never took a 5 yr old to the bathroom on a plane. They go in school alone don't they? you can't exactly get lost. I can't believe a 5 yr old would need help in the bathroom.

And there is no babysitting involved. they know how to sit down put their backpacks under the seat, put their seatbelt on , etc. they know how to tell the FA what they want to drink and how to read or use their DS etc. I don't get the baby sitting. never had an issue ever on any flights.

Kids fly as unaccompanied minors at 5 everyday, I still don't get the big deal, especially if you are on the same plane.
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:47 PM   #24
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No but op said that expedia never forwarded or delta didn't accept the seat requests. So has she booked directly with the airline she may have had the seats together. Of course planes can change but I'm a little OCD and frequently check plane reservations to make sure the plane is still the same a bs the seats are still the same.
I did this with a friend's reservation and found her flight had in facr changed so we had to reselect her seats. She was alone so no biggie. Personally, I fly Southwest so I can select my seats when I get there. My girls would be fine in different rows but I still like the chance to sit with them.

We rarely fly but I am big on making sure that our plans stay as planned. You can even ask Disney Guest services this as I bugged them just today to make sure they have everything set for our arrival on Sunday. Special requests were made that are to be followed per Guest Services so I was following up on those.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:05 PM   #25
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I was going to ask if you had kids, but your later post indicates you do. I can't believe you would allow a 4 year old to sit alone. As a social worker, I am appalled you see nothing wrong with that. I am sure the other passengers enjoyed babysitting your child too.
Be appalled all you want, but the fact is airlines routinely separate children from their parents and it is often the parents who need to ask people to move. They are not always cooperative ... believe me, there are plenty of people who don't give a rip about your kid when their own comfort comes into play. If an adult in a window or aisle seat does not want to "babysit" or otherwise deal with someone else's child they are welcome to trade seats with that child's parent. IMO, they have only themselves to blame if they are bothered by the child sitting next to them.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:05 PM   #26
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I was checking our itinerary on the Delta website today and realized that despite what Expedia has told me, we did not have seat assignments for 3 of our 4 flights. I called and spoke to a very nice agent who said that the only seats I could book at this time were center seats – which would mean none of us would be in the same row (the plane is pretty full already). I explained that this didn’t work for me since I am traveling with 2 children. She told me that was a whole different situation and immediately booked us 3 seats together on all of our flights. She said that Delta has what they call “family seating” (in the rear of the aircraft, naturally) where they will rearrange other travelers to ensure that families are able to sit together. Personally, I’m not crazy about sitting in the back of the plane, but I’d rather be back there and sitting with both of my kids than up front with them in different rows!

Just thought this might help someone else.
That's great - I am glad that you were able to get seated together. Good thing you checked your tickets and noticed your seat selection had not occured. I find the Delta staff are very nice and friendly to deal with. We are flying on them in 7 weeks.

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why would a 5 yr old need to be taken to the bathroom? I never took a 5 yr old to the bathroom on a plane. They go in school alone don't they? you can't exactly get lost. I can't believe a 5 yr old would need help in the bathroom.
Ok overprotective OCD parent here but airplane bathrooms are VERY different than "normal" bathrooms and frankly they can be a little overwhelming to a 5 y/o. So yes, I escort my 5 y/o (now 6) to the restroom, make sure no one is in there, help her clean up the mess the previous folks have left so she doesn't sit on that filthy seat, leave to let her do her business and wait outside the door (because she won't lock it) and then help her wash her hands and clean up any thing she may have left behind. Sure she can't get lost, but she certainly can be exposed to filth because lets just say, some people aren't the neatest in a 2x2 box. As for school, sure she can go alone there, but she much prefers to wait and go once she's home.

On the flipside, I don't escort my boys. At 8 & 10 they are very capable and they don't "sit" so as long as they wash well before leaving I have no worries. As for the person that goes in after them, I hope they look before they sit, we preach but I see the mess they leave behind at home.
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I'm honestly flabbergasted by some replies.

OP I hope it works out for you. I have so many other things to say but I'm having trouble wrapping my brain around it all. The thought of my kidlets being away from me on a plane is just ......
Why? Because people are trying to explain to the OP how air travel actually works? Because they don't sugar coat the truth?

There is no pixie dust when it comes to transportation... especially airline travel. There is what actually happens.... and what people think should happen. As is obvious by this thread, a lot of people think things that are simply not true and not realistic. Why is it so bad that people point that out? Yes it might be blunt, but when it comes to this, it is what it is.
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:53 PM   #29
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I will never understand why people use sites like Expedia instead of just booking directly through the airline. You have no control over the reservation when you do this and you pay MORE most of the time.

OP - hope your flights work out. Next time, book directly with Delta and avoid the hassles of sites like Expedia.

If I were you, I would get to the airport VERY early for check-in to make sure that you still have seats together.

For those griping about being moved to accommodate families, don't. Most airlines keep certain sets of seats blocked from booking just for situations like this. They usually keep the bulkhead seats and the last couple of rows clear.
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I'm reading this thread and am in the minority. I think it is insane to let your kids sit with strangers on a plane. First of all there are creeps around. Secondly, in case of an emergency who is going to look after my child and put a mask on their face? no one. Chances are it won't happen. Chances are there will be turbulence and I would not be able to see if my kids seat belt is on. There are tons of scenarios in my head. Yes, kids do fly by themselves but it won't be mine.
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