Top tips for making time fly with children

Top tips for making time fly with children

We asked our customers for tips to make a family holiday hassle-free – before and during the flight.


Flying is often an exciting experience for the youngest family members. However, sitting still may not be first on their list of things to do. Here are seven tips from our frequent flyers to help your children have a good flight .

1. Take it slow

Prepare well in advance. There’s nothing more stressful than rushing around at home or at the airport. Flying is a totally new experience for some children, so it may be a good idea to go over each step of the journey – before, during, and after the flight – to ease any nerves. You can even take a virtual tour of Finnair’s A350 aircraft.

2. Choose the window seat

Most children prefer to sit by the window. And who wouldn’t! The view is one of a kind and ever changing. You can ponder the shape of clouds, try to find the moon and the sun, or see the world from a bird’s-eye view. This is how time literally flies!

3. Pre-order a meal

It’s not always easy to plan flights around meal times. With Finnair’s Seat and Meal option you’ll get a seat and meal in the same package. On long-haul flights, you can choose a special children’s meal when you book your flight.  Alternatively, you can pre-order a meal option from the Nordic Kitchen menu which gives your child a chance to choose his/her own meal. The renewed selection for Economy Class flights includes a dedicated kids’ meal for flights within Europe. And remember to arm yourself with snacks. You’d be amazed at how long it takes kids to eat a bag of raisins. But if you forget to pack snacks, you can always purchase something from the onboard menu.

4. Enjoy in-flight entertainment

Sitting still doesn’t need to be dull. There are plenty of ways to keep children entertained during the flight. On our long-haul flights the personal in-flight entertainment system offers multiple options: music, movies, TV series, and games. You can also bring a tablet loaded with favourite apps or videos. Most Finnair aircraft is connected to Wi-Fi, offering even more things to do while flying.

5. Go old-school

You don’t necessarily need digital devices for entertainment. Many board games come in travel size versions and are easy to pack in your carry-on baggage. Some traditional games, like tic-tac-toe, only require pen and paper. Books, comics, and colouring books are also popular travel companions for children. Before the flight, you could even create a personal travel diary with stickers and pictures for your child.

6. Surprise bag

Children love surprises. How about packing a small backpack with your child’s favourite toys and things to do – and then adding a few surprises? Think of the excitement when your child finds all the new things.

 7. Dream away

The steady hum inside the aircraft makes many of us sleepy no matter how old we are. Taking a nap is by far the best way to make time fly. Ask the cabin crew for blankets and pillows to make your child’s nap even more comfy.

Tips collected through Facebook during February 2019.


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