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10 Tips for Traveling with Kids on Airplanes


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Don't Forget About Older Kids
If it's a very small or privately chartered flight, you child may even get to sit in the cockpit for a few minutes!
If it's a very small or privately chartered flight, you child may even get to sit in the cockpit for a few minutes!
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No matter how old you are, air travel can be tough. Parents of older children may be surprised that a typically well-behaved preteen can regress to toddlerlike whining on a long flight. Keep older kids happy with a selection of gadgets they can use on the plane. Consider splurging on a portable DVD player, or pack a laptop or tablet so your kids can watch movies or shows onboard. Bring along a selection of movies, or let them download a few favorites before you board the plane. If your children like to read, have them pack a book or two in their carry-on, or download an audiobook to their MP3 player or mobile phone. Handheld video games and cell phone apps can also keep older children and teens entertained on a flight.


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