There are few things more unpleasant than plane travel with kids.
While root canal surgery, being stabbed repeatedly with hundreds of tiny, red hot needles and child birth come close, none really compare to the agony that is taking to the skies with youngsters.
Anyone who has ever flown with children will verify the fact that you’ll do almost anything to make the trip slightly more comfortable.
It’s really no wonder that ‘travel sleeping devices’ for kids have become so popular. While adults often make do with an inflatable neck pillow, a brand new market has sprung up which promises to help kids get comfy (and ideally, go to sleep) during flight.
Flytot, FlyLegs Up and Plane Pal are all contraptions designed to give kids space to stretch out and snooze. The promise of (a small amount of) peace and quiet however has been smashed today by Qantas And Jetstar who have banned travel sleeping devices on their flights.
Image source: Plane Pal
Their reasoning? Safety, according to statements released across both the Qantas website and social media pages.
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These items have been not sellers in the last 12 months with there even being businesses to hire them from for infrequent travellers. So, what’s a mum to do?
There is talk that actually upholding the ruling will come down to individual flight crew who are left to make the ultimate decision. Until then? Apart from a well timed bribe to staff (joke!!), it’s best to check with your airline, board anyway and hope for the best or find a new, travel accessory friendly airline. We wish you luck!