Air travel with one infant can be a challenge. When there are infant twins and only one adult, the difficulty level rises dramatically. While it’s not impossible to fly alone with twin babies, it will require plenty of advance planning, some special arrangements and an extra helping of patience.
Know the Airline’s Policies
The most important and urgent aspect of traveling alone with twin babies is to find out exactly what the airline’s policies are for such situations. Due to safety guidelines, some airlines will not accept single adult passengers with twin infants, while others will have special requirements you must meet in order to board the plane. You’ll need to find out which airline will be most accommodating to your plight, so it’s wise to start checking with various companies as early as possible in order to make the necessary arrangements.
Be Prepared for Added Expenses
Because of the special guidelines and safety regulations involved, you probably won’t be able to book your flight through discount sites and will almost certainly be required to purchase at least two seats. With three seats you won’t be forced to hold one child for the entire flight, but you may run into a snag with that plan if the placement of oxygen masks isn’t conducive to the purchase of three seats for one adult and two infants. You won’t be able to hold both babies at the same time for safety reasons, so make sure that you’re prepared for the added expense of an additional seat.
Inquire About Guest Passes Through Security
One of the more difficult aspects of navigating air travel with twins when you’re flying solo is getting through airport security. You may be able to secure a guest pass that will allow another adult to accompany you to the gate, but you’ll need to inquire about the availability of such concessions with both airports. If the security regulations of a specific airport don’t allow a guest to accompany you under extenuating circumstances, you’ll want to find out exactly what your options are in relation to their security checkpoints. Regardless of what arrangements you make, it’s wise to arrive very early to ensure that delays won’t cause you to miss your flight altogether. The last thing you want is to be stranded in the airport, waiting for another flight when you’re trying to juggle two babies.
Make Friends With Your Flight Attendant
No matter how frustrated you are or how high your stress level is, be sure that you’re exceedingly nice to your flight attendant. She’ll be more inclined to offer assistance to you during the flight and when you’re trying to get off the plane if you’re friendly. When you’re on a plane that’s in the air without the assistance of a friend or relative with a guest pass to the gate, the flight attendant on duty is likely to be one of your only allies. Offending her or being rude because you’re anxious won’t encourage her to help you, so be nice.
Don’t Underestimate the Kindness of Strangers
It might be wise to forget everything your parents told you about never speaking to strangers while you’re flying alone with twin babies. The people around you, much like the flight attendant on duty, may be moved to offer you their assistance when they see that you’re traveling alone with two small infants if you’re pleasant and friendly. While it’s not a good idea to hand your babies off to a perfect stranger in a crowded airport, a helpful neighbor that offers to watch your babies while you visit the in-flight bathroom can’t actually escape with them in midair.
When you make it out of the airport after such a trying experience, try to have a plan in place that will allow you to relax a bit and decompress. Going straight from one stressful situation to another will only make things worse, so assume that you’re going to be anxious at the end of the flight and plan accordingly.