First Plane Ride
I travel quite often for both my day job and my blog so of course, my daughter Madison who is 10 has been dying to take her first airline plane ride. The prospect of an airplane ride can be exciting for a young child, especially if the journey’s end is someplace fun like her Tee Tee Rhonda’s wedding, Grandma’s house or a vacation destination. If this is the first flight for your child like it was for daughter Madison, I would suggest preparing your child ahead of time as much as possible.
What to Expect
Talk to your child in age-appropriate terms about what to expect on an airplane ride from going through security to once you are seated. Explain what needs to be packed I even allowed Madison to pack her own suitcase, you’ll go the airport together and you’ll wait in some lines to get checked in. I Prepared Madison for going through security checkpoints so she wouldn’t be scared by the machines or wondered why her bags had to go through the x-ray machine. I also explained that she would have to wear a seat belt, just like she does in the car and most importantly not kick the seat in front of her. (Parents please teach your children not to kick the seat in front of them. It’s so annoying)
Let the Adventure begin
Madison and I got up extra early on the morning of her first plane ride to ensure everything was packed and we had not forgotten anything and proceeded to take the 45 min drive to Nashville Airport. Once we made it to the airport we made our way to the ticketing area and waited in line to check in and because I have a Delta American Express Credit Card our checked bags were free. Next, we made our way to through security which was also a breeze because I have TSA Precheck which is a lifesaver and if you travel often it is something you should think about purchasing. We breezed on through the security checkpoint and made our way to the Delta Sky Lounge to grab a bite to eat before our final destination of the boarding gate. Once we arrived at the gate she was excited to the airplanes up close and personal. I Explain to Madison that she’ll go through a sort of tunnel to where we would actually board the plane. Once the flight attendants found out it was her first flight they allowed her to meet the Captain and the Co-Captain. Madison also had the opportunity to sit in the cockpit!! It was so awesome.
Once the cockpit adventure was over we made our way to our designated seats and buckled up for the ride to Houston for her tee tee’s upcoming nuptials. I explained the taking off and landing process which was eventless but Madison was excited to be taking her first flight so she nervously grabbed my hand and kissed me. Madison is 10 so I kept her entertained her Ipad, e-reader, and personal music players. but be sure to take headphones because the people sitting next to you does not want to listen to your child’s music or games. Also make sure you have snacks, wet wipes, a sweater or sweatshirt, along with any medication the child might need during travel.
How old was your child when he/she took their first flight? What measures have you taken to ensure your child’s first plane ride was a success?