A friend and I were talking about taking our four kids on a four-hour flight to visit another friend. All of our children are under five so that sense of panic set in even entertaining the idea of being in the air that long with a bunch of youngsters. Then, for a split second, I dared to dream about a child-friendly carrier that not only tolerated tots, but targeted them. An airline that would have the interactive seats like Virgin, but sell rice milk, juice boxes, burpers and toys from the touch screen, show Disney movies and play tot rock. To see the other reasons why it would be wonderful for wee ones, read more
All this talk of what the airlines are charging for the details, got me thinking about my lil detail, North. He loves being included in my life – and lets me know when he doesn't feel that way – but, boy, can the price of plane tickets get us down! When looking into a summer trip with my pooch this week, I realized a very shocking (and troubling) fact: JetBlue has doubled the price of a cabin pet from $50 to $100. I spoke with a representative from the airline's corporate communications department who shared some information on this change. Learn what I found out when you read more
When ten-month-old tabby, Gracie Mae, went missing from her home in Ft. Lauderdale, her owner began looking everywhere, including having her father remove parts of the bathroom tiles and cabinet to look into a small crawl space. Kelly Levy's husband, Seth, had just left on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Dallas-Fort Worth and she learned that he also lost something – his black suitcase.
Flash forward to the next morning – right before Kelly was about to put up missing pet signs around the neighborhood, she received a shocking phone call. A man in Ft. Worth had accidentally picked up her husband's suitcase at baggage claim, opened it up, and out popped Gracie Mae. The good samaritan offered to hang onto the cat until her husband could get there and even bought a pet taxi for the kitty's flight home! With all the problems I've heard about pets traveling in checked baggage/ cargo in clearly marked kennels, this miracle cat (who still had her spaying stitches no less) survives being packed into a suitcase, going through x-ray, flying four hours to Texas, and being loaded and unloaded off a commercial airline as any other piece of baggage. Initial reactions make me think of not only how lucky this kitty is but also how shocking it is that no one discovered this shy cat during any of the handling processes. But, after the sad stories of Scooter, I'm so glad this mystery has a happy ending!
Back in 1983, my mother and step-father took a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas to Houston. As they boarded, my mom noticed an expectant woman who looked like she was ready to pop. She somehow boarded the plane while in labor and it took off.During the ascent, the woman announced that the baby was on its way. My mother, a pediatric nurse, jumped up to help her. She brought the mom-to-be to the front of the plane (where one boards — the widest available space) and had her lay down. My mom told the flight attendant to ask the pilot to return to Dallas and have an emergency medical team available.
One of the attendants told her that the flight wouldn't be too long, just about 45 minutes. So my mom replied that she could see the baby's head crowning and they needed to land ASAP. While the plane backtracked, the laboring woman and my mother shared some intense moments. To see what happened, read more
I'll be the first to admit that I am a little freaked out by germs, especially when on an airplane. I don't know why; maybe I saw Outbreak one too many times. Point is that I tend to get a little excited about gadgets that aim to keep me germ free so my heart kind of went pitter patter when I learned about Nozin Nasal Sanitizing Swabs ($9.95 for a pack of 10).
Basically the swabs are Q-Tips preloaded with a germ killer made from a proprietary formula of pharmaceutical grade ethyl alcohol, natural ingredients and plant-based compounds known to have virucidal activity. Just a FYI, it's not an antibiotic so germs will not build resistance.
I am seriously considering investing in a pack for holidays, which is going to involve spending hours and hours on planes for me. What do you guys think—are nasal swabs a sign of being prepared or over paranoid?
If you've got a little guy or gal in your life and hope that they'll one day enjoy traveling and eating, you might want to start them off with this cute Baby Plane Spoon. It'll add a bit of travel excitement to each meal and their appetites will be up, up and away! If nothing else at least those plane noises you make will make sense now... Available for $15.00.