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How to Get Extra Room When Flying with Babies and Children While Still Flying Economy


Ready for a super fun game of “Would You Rather?” We thought so! OK, so, would you rather: get a root canal OR take a transcontinental flight with a toddler and a baby?

It’s a tough conundrum—mainly because selecting either option forces you to delve into your masochistic side. Sure, enduring major dental work can be a physically painful experience, but any parent who has flown with young kids knows that the latter usually results in some serious emotional scarring!

Well, lucky for you, the mental anguish that comes with flying with kiddos is actually completely voluntary—at least, in regards to space, that is.

You see, the good folks over at Air New Zealand have launched a feature in their planes that makes “traveling with kids as easy as possible, and fun too.” It’s called Skycouch, and, though it’s a program that has been quietly succeeding for several years now, the child-friendly airline is making big moves to expand it into something even more amazing.

Just check out the above image, for instance. This is the Skycouch Infant Harness, Belt, and Pod, a feature that will be available on all 777 and 778-9 long-haul flights starting in the middle of this year. The harness and belt features allow infants to be safely secured on their backs for sleeping, or on a parent’s lap when sitting up.

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