Prepare for take-off

Taking a long-haul flight with kids in tow is no longer the daunting deal as it once was, with a range of international airlines going above and beyond to keep kids calm and happy on route to their holiday destinations.

To make the check-in process easier for families with little ones under the age of 12, British Airways has become the first UK airline to open a permanent family check-in area at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The airline has also introduced family boarding passes that allow multiple passes to be shown on the one device, eliminating any last-minute panic that comes with kids wielding their own paperwork.

When it comes to taking to the skies, tiny travellers on board long-haul Air France flights not only have access to the airline’s upgraded range of kids’ activities – including their own personal stash of colouring pencils, books and even an anti-stress ball – but they can also tune in to a range of meditation and reading apps with the airline’s entertainment program. And if that’s not enough to tickle a toddler’s fancy, then perhaps a demonstration from the resident magician will do the trick!

Other airlines with child-friendly offerings include Qatar Airways, which is working hard to make on-board life a little easier for little people with the launch of its dedicated kids’ program on long-haul routes. The Oryx Kids’ Club provides a range of plush toys, activity packs and meal boxes, which feature the airline’s own super heroes, “Orry” and “Orah”.

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