Getting to the Airport and Check-in
Exhausted after my daughter's sickness and not 100% healthy ourselves we attempted to get up early to be at the airport at 7 AM for our 9 AM flight. Yeah, right. That did not happen. Even though we got up at butt crack of dawn, we still only left our house fifteen minutes to seven.
You probably can imagine the traffic on highway 403 and 401 at this time of the day on Wednesday.
We made it to the check-in a few minutes before it closed. The person actually could have accommodates us if she wanted, but instead she presented us with a lecture on how we should be there 3 hours in advance, ect. Which was very unpleasant to hear considering what we went through in the last few days.
We re-booked our flight and of course paid a healthy fee to the flight in the late afternoon.
Can You Bring Food on a Plane? | Packing a Diaper Bag for the Airport
So, Can you pack food for your toddler on the airplane? Yes! The answer is "yes" and not only you can, you must! I was very happy that I packed extras for the trip. I always find myself overpacking and 9 out of 10 times I end up not using it. This time, the food I packed was a life saver! It lasted my little one the entire day, the flight and the car ride once we got off the airplane late in the evening.
Travel Baby Food | Airplane Packing List
Baby Wipes (Large Pack of 100)
Jarred Baby Food (6)
Baby Food Pouches (6)
Baby Cereal Bars (10)
Sippy Cup and Water Bottle
2 Extra outfits and a sweater
Sandals and a dress for when we get off the airplane
Security and Customs
It is important to note that the liquids inside the diaper bag are an exempt to the liquid rules. Bottled water is not allowed through security usually, unless it is inside of the diaper bag. The diaper bag got searched. The liquids got tested for explosives.
Security, as always, was not pleasant. No one enjoys being yelled at and treated like a terrorist. Well, that's what you get unfortunately.
Ironically, someone's iPhone got stolen during our security scan. Apparently, unidentified individual just picked it up from the bin right after it was x-rayed. That was probably a great start to someone's vacation. This is a good reminder to keep an eye on all your belongings at all times and wait to go though security with your belonging together.
Customs line ups were LONG and not that well organized. Many people were roaming not knowing where to go and who to follow.
Every single Air Canada employee up until we boarded the airplane was rude. It's like they all swallowed some sour pill. The person who stuck the most with me was the red haired lady that checked our tickets to get on board. I just can't get out of my head her raising her voice and being very condescending to an elderly man confused about the line up. I really hope he filed a complaint. Nobody should be treated like that.
Everything changed once we got on board. The flight attendant was VERY caring and friendly. After 10 hours of being surrounded by negative stressed out people, this was a breath of fresh air and almost made me cry. I think it was actually sleep deprivation that almost made me cry. I did get only 3 hours of sleep the night before.
When we were boarding, Adam fell behind, my daughter and I went to find our seats. The flight attendant helped me with to get my carry-ons up on the shelves. She later helped to install the car seat, got me Gingerale when the turbulence almost made me puke, helped us put our car seat in the back when we were getting off and even helped carry it our of the plane. I wish there was a recognition form to let someone know how much she did for us during that flight.
After the flight we even got to see pilots pit. The pilot was very friendly. My daughter was not up to looking at that, she was very tired after almost 15 hours of inconvenience and a flight.
Car seat was definitely a must, no matter how short the flight is. We used our Britax Marathon. Although it was snug and there was little room for er feet, my daughter was still comfortable, strapped in safely, watched her Netflix cartoons on an iPad the entire time. For about 2 hours she did not make a noise, did not kick the seat, did not scream.
I saw a few looks from people around us. THOSE looks, that say "Ugh, here comes a couple with a screaming child that will make our entire flight living hell." Well, guess what. Nothing like that happened.
About 2 hours in, she came out to stretch her legs. Then, she went back in because we were about to land.
Interesting fact: when you get off an airplane in Tampa, you must run to get your suitcases from baggage pickup. The luggage belts are located right by the exits to the street meaning that anyone can come in and pick up your stuff. There are a bunch of Air Canada employees that are watching over and take any unclaimed luggage to a storage space to be picked up later. This doesn't mean that someone can't swipe your suitcase.
I used to love flying. Travelling is much harder now with a child. I question whether I still like it. Although my daughter was an angel through the entire experience, the excessive luggage made it really hard. First of all there was an entire third suitcase to worry about. There was also a diaper bag, a car seat, my purse, carry-on with my laptop and camera, ect. It was not only about carrying it, but also about keeping an eye on it.
Now that a few weeks have passed since we came back, I actually kind of miss it.