I’ve been flying alone with The Nut since she was three months old. We make several trips to Tennessee each year and B isn’t usually able to join us. This leaves one mama to move one kid and a plethora of crap through the airport. Solo.
Meet the gate pass. This mysterious, magical thing that eluded me for 3 solid years.
Yesterday I flew back to NYC from Nashville. I have had a lot of complications with this pregnancy, so I am off my feet the majority of the time and I’m trying not to lift anything. That makes a security check with a child, carry-ons, and a stroller hell kind of difficult.
Guess what? Even if you aren’t traveling with another adult, it is possible to bring one with you to the gate. I simply asked when I checked in if my mom could help me get to the gate and the American Airlines agent looked at her license and printed her up a special little pass. That’s it. She assisted us through security and hung out with us until the moment we boarded. Seriously!
I had no idea this could happen.
If you find yourself flying and feeling like you could use some extra hands (and you have a person willing to schlep and hang out at the airport for a while) ask the ticket agent for a gate pass. I don’t know if there are particular requirements, but it’s certainly worth asking.
With Baby #2 heading our way, this is an invaluable discovery to me!