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Ethiad NannyFirst, we heard about are airlines that ban children from certain seats. But on the flip side, there are some airlines that are catering specifically toward families. Here is what has changed for child friendly airlines.

Etihad Airways, based in Abu Dhabi, has introduced flying nannies. Think of it like Mary Poppins of the sky, with attendants who are trained to help with kids and keep them busy on the flight. And believe me, an occupied child is a quiet child, so everyone wins.

Of course, you don’t need a nanny service to be considered child-friendly. Look for airlines that still offer pre-boarding to help speed up the process. Southwest allows families with small children to board between the A and B group.

JetBlue and Alaska Airlines allows pre-boarding for kids under two.

As for the legacy carriers, you’re pretty much out of luck, but you can always pay for the privilege to board early.

And then there’s the issue of changing tables on planes. Not all the older aircraft are equipped.

So if you’re traveling with an infant or toddler, ask the airline if your plane will have a changing table, or check Seat Guru to plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Family Travel category.

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