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The Smooth Sanctuary with Gary Vincent 6pm - 10pm
5 April 2018, 17:22
The last thing you want to hear on an 8+ hour flight is a baby wailing right in your ear.
We totally understand that babies cry, and there's not much that the poor parents can do about it.
But still, sitting next to a loud infant is not the most fun experience in the world. But there is a way that you can avoid it when purchasing tickets.
Former flight attendant Annie Kingston recently told Oyster that there are some seats that have a much higher probability of being near babies.
Generally, these are the seats near bulkheads. This is because these seats are often the only ones that can have a bassinet or cradle secured to them, so parents will try and grab them.
She said: "While babies deserve to travel and explore the world as much as the rest of us, it can be a pretty painful experience if you find yourself seated next to one that’s inconsolable for the majority of a flight.
"While there's no escaping (or blaming) the shrill of an upset child, you can lower your odds of sitting directly next to one by choosing a seat that's located far from the partitions on board.
"These partitions, which go by the technical name 'bulkheads', are the only places on an aircraft where a parent can safely secure a baby's bassinet - and are, therefore, where most children under one year old will be situated."
Annie also recommended that try and get a seat at the back of the plane if you want the best service.
"The reason is simple: We like to avoid responding to call bells from the front of the plane because answering one means potentially flaunting whatever item the passenger has requested to everyone else along the way."