Make time fly when you're going from Point A to Point B.
Traveling with kids doesn't have to be a daunting task. Proper prep is a parent's best friend when it comes to winging it with your little ones. Here are a few tips to help make your family's next flight smooth and tears-free.
1. Time It Just Right. Try to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. When booking your family's tickets avoid layovers, dodge delays and try to steer clear of airport crowds. Insider insights:
2. Pack a Busy Bag. Help your little ones pack their very own busy bags. Fill it with a variety of toys and activities to help keep them entertained on the plane. Your best bet? Toys that are quiet, compact, durable, mess-free, odorless and can be played with on their own. A mix of new toys and old favorites is a good idea too.
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3. Arrive Early. Get to the airport with plenty of time to spare to avoid a family sprint to the gate. Check in online to save time, then use the curbside check-in for a quick luggage drop. Always make sure you're up on the latest security requirements — this will make getting through security much easier.
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4. Keep On Rollin'. For extra mobility in the airport, don't hand over your stroller until you get to the gate. You can check it there, and once you land it will be waiting for you outside the plane door when you deplane.
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5. Burn Baby Burn. Before hopping on that long haul flight, burn off extra energy. Create a quick scavenger with a list of items found in the terminal, play a few rounds of Simon Says or do some quick jumping jacks in the corner to wear the little ones out before boarding.
6. Surprise & Delight. Keep flying fun with surprise treats and unexpected entertainment. While the Busy Bag will help keep the little ones entertained for most of the trip, it's always good to have a few go-to tricks up your sleeve. Favorite snacks and a new toy or two are great back-ups in the case of Busy Bag failure.
Take-off Tip: Making funny faces, yawning and chewing gum are all great ways to relieve ear pressure at take-off and landing.
For more information about flying with kids on Delta, check out our Services for Children page.
Sometimes we just can’t leave our four-legged loved ones behind. That's why Delta allows these very special travel buddies to come along for the ride. Whether your pet is carried on, checked in or shipped as special cargo, it's good to know all the rules and requirements before you fly.
Approved Pets. We love all pets, but we also recognize that some are better suited for travel than others. While most cats, dogs, household birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and cold-blooded animals are approved to fly, we no longer allow snub-nosed dogs and cats on Delta flights.
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Travel Options. Determine if your pet should travel as carry-on, checked baggage in a temperature and pressure-controlled compartment or special cargo.
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Check-in. A health certificate, issued by a licensed vet within 10 days of transport, is required when shipping your pet as cargo. When checking your pet onto a flight, you will be asked to complete a Live Animal Checklist.
Kennels. To transport your pet as checked baggage or cargo, you must use an approved shipping kennel and it must ship in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines.
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Tranquilizers. The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet's veterinarian.
Taking these guidelines into account can make travel much easier for you and your pet. After all, your pet is on vacation, too. Some other websites that offer handy tips on pet travel, including international travel, are Bring Fido and Pet Travel Center.
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Did you know…? Delta provides Special Meal Service to those with dietary needs. Diabetic, Kosher, vegetarian, Hindu and more. If you require a special meal when flying, just let us know. We're happy to accommodate your needs.