Its not that my children are badly behaved, particularly. Just that there are a lot of them. And they are noisy. And boisterous. They are after all boys. And unfortunately their love of wrestling each other to the floor is not restricted to the confines of our home.
We have already done probably the hardest flight we could do. We travelled to Australia for my brother’s wedding in 2009. The boys were 6, 4 and 8 month old twins. One of whom cried for the large majority of the flight(s). Mostly because we tried to put him in a bassinet to sleep. He slept on his tummy so being put face down in a box that was slightly too short for him really didn’t work. So he had to lie on one of our chests and cry it out until he fell asleep….for very short periods of time I seem to remember!!! We had to change planes in Dubai and then get off the plane in Thailand while they cleaned it and refueled. It wasn’t just moving 4 very tired/sleeping children off the plane that we objected to in Bangkok, but the 6 pieces of hand luggage we additionally had to carry made it very tricky. The few things that I find make flying with children easier is calpol before take off and landing to ensure less ear trouble, the dreaded but all important gaming devices, and extra snacks in case the plane food doesn’t cut the mustard for little people.
No long haul flight for us this year though. Just a 9 hour drive through France! Bring it on!