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    Flying Ryanair wth Children
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    • 24th May 05, 2:19 PM
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    Flying Ryanair wth Children 24th May 05 at 2:19 PM
    Abit of a stupid question, but I am a little worried so I will ask anyways.

    Flying to Reus on Saturday with my Children, I know all about free seating and Ryanair, having flown before, but this is the first time my children will experience it.

    The question is, at what age do children cease to be children for boarding first? My children are 13, 10 and 9 and I would say only slighty nervous flyers, it will be the "scrum" that may upset them more if an inconsiderate person pushes past.

    If Ryanair or you think they are too old for boarding first, thats fine, I will make sure I get to Luton Airport in plenty of time to hopefully get an early boarding pass.

    Thanks for your time.

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    • loobs40
    • By loobs40 24th May 05, 2:45 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 2:45 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 2:45 PM
    You can let me know what happens as I am flying to Reus from Luton in June with our 4 kids. 17, 15, 12 ,9 !
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 24th May 05, 2:50 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 2:50 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 2:50 PM
    Didn't think Ryanair had any policy on children - it's just a free-for-all.
  • polar_low
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    • 24th May 05, 3:35 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 3:35 PM
    Didn't think Ryanair had any policy on children - it's just a free-for-all.
    by alanrowell
    I think there is a seating policy:

    To ensure that all families travel at the best price and receive the best service we have introduced a number of services to make it easier for family travel:

    At each airport we fly to we will preboard families travelling with young children.

    But i'm not sure what their defintion of 'young children' is, probably under 10 i would think.
  • evesham1988la
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    • 24th May 05, 3:35 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 3:35 PM
    Ryanair do have a policy whereby families with 'young' children are allowed priority boarding. Children aged 13, 10 & 9 should definately be allowed to board first.
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  • princess
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    • 24th May 05, 11:17 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 11:17 PM
    Sorry but our experience was very different from this. People with very young children (ie held in arms) were allowed to board first and some people managed to sweet talk thier way into the first boarding with children up to I would guess 5 years old. They were very firm about not prioritising any child older that that. Certainly my son aged 10 and a first time flyer had to take his chances in the scrum.
  • Midget_Karen
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    • 24th May 05, 11:56 PM
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    • 24th May 05, 11:56 PM
    When I flew RynaAir there were some very old "young" children. You didn't need a special ticket or anything, they just called you up. I'm sure I saw kids as old as yours going on. I'm sure if they don't like it the will just tell you, but I reckon they won't bother tomake a fuss. They're too busy just getting everyone on board.
  • Suggs
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    • 25th May 05, 7:39 AM
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    • 25th May 05, 7:39 AM
    The odd thing is even their customer services dont seem to know, so I will then up early, my parents live in Luton and Im parking the car at their house, I will ask at checkin, but more importantly I will hopefully have a early boarding pass just in case.

    Thanks for your replies guys, to be fair with low cost airlines, I am not expecting much
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    • gazza007
    • By gazza007 25th May 05, 8:20 AM
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    • 25th May 05, 8:20 AM
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    • 25th May 05, 8:20 AM
    I took my 8 & 10 year old for a surprise day trip to Dublin last October.
    We got on first without without problems. Despite the announcement you will always get people who will ignore the rules & shove to the front. It is usually the same people who stick their heads through the baggage carousel flaps despite it being stationery.
  • Lucie
    It is usually the same people who stick their heads through the baggage carousel flaps despite it being stationery.
    by gazza007
    Are those the same people who have their seatbelt unbuckled & jump up to get their bag out of the overhead locker as soon as the front wheels touch the ground?

    Suggs - you might want to mention your concerns at check in. Tell them that you have nervous flyers & is there anyway you can be included in the priority boarding?
    • budgetflyer
    • By budgetflyer 25th May 05, 12:17 PM
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    With a 9 year old in your family I would just go straight to the front regardless of what they say.For easyjet the age is 5-ridiculous.
    Check in early just in case. At Prestwick they have a special seating area for families with young children so if its the same at your airport just plonk yourselves down there.
    I certainly wouldn't mind giving up my seat next to the wife if it made the flight easier for a family.
    What I have noticed the last 2 times I've flew Ryanair is the amount of selfish solo travellers who plonk themselfs in the middle seat of an empty row of 3 ,hoping to discourage anyone to sit either side.If I could have persuaded the missus, we would have sat either side of them and spent the next 2 1/2 hours passing boiled sweets ,crisps and sannies back and forth in front of them, along with me going to the toilet 10 times from my window seat :-)
  • Fatboy_NSS
    On my last flight with ryanair I saw people boarding with their children get priority over us even though their children were in their 20s. Even if they don't let you get away with that you shouldn't have a problem sitting together as long as you make sure you get to the gate as quickly as you can after checking in.
    • Ally
    • By Ally 26th May 05, 1:40 PM
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    when we flew with Ryanair, there was an announcement for families with children to board first, there was no priority boarding pass issued:confused: I am not sure where you heard that and/or if it happens with Ryanair at all.

    We had our 8 year old and one of the boarding staff saw her and called us over before he even knew we had an infant with us too! There were a number of young teens with their families being boarded 1st, but they were asked to wait for the families with very young children to board first.

    I think you should be fine, but make sure you mention it to staff when you check in.
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    • sjpkgp
    • By sjpkgp 26th May 05, 6:00 PM
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    age policy
    Easyjet is definitely aged 5 and under, which is too low. Not sure about ryanair.

    I would definitely see if you can speak to the people doing the boarding and mention nervous flyers, get there early (so you are near the doors anyway).

    I would also be fairly brazen, everybody else is.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 27th May 05, 7:34 AM
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    In Feb we flew with Ryanair with a 13 yo. We missed the priority boarding at Stanstead - not sure how! - but at the other end we were there earlier (can't even remember where that was now, dozy or what!) and they called families with children first. I was all for holding back - DS has flown more than me and is very definitely NOT nervous! - but others around us said no, we should go for it. And sure enough we were boarded with all the other families with sprogs. It was a bit of a scrum: the airport was basically a shed in the middle of a big field, and the 'departure lounge' was just a big seating area.

    As DH said, they probably didn't want DS separated from us in case he was a nuisance ... I think 5 is a ridiculously young cutoff age not to be included in priority boarding.
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    • Dumyat
    • By Dumyat 27th May 05, 8:20 AM
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    we've never had any problems getting seats together on ryan air or easyjet. And I have seen air crew rearrange passengers if people have boarded late with children. I wouldnt worry too much about it. hope you have a great time!
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  • eml
    I am flying Ryanair in June for the first time with 2 young children (2 and 5 yrs). I am hoping we will be able to board first but in case we do lose out in the scrum, am planning to suggest that if people won't move to let us sit together, they can have the pleasure of looking after my children for the whole flight!
    • loobs40
    • By loobs40 27th May 05, 10:57 AM
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    Good point that. I think I'd prefer that my kids sat as far as possible away from me and partner to allow us some peace and quiet. Their ages are 9, 12,15,17.

    Yep, thats definitely what I'm going to do
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