[QUOTE=smallworld;1133569]I will never forget one trip coming back from WDW, when my DD was very young—and they changed planes on us for mechanical reasons. The seats got all messed up and DD got separated from the rest of us—all 4 of us were split up.
Delta would not change anyones seat around–they did make an announcement asking for someone to change but no one would. The flights later in the day were already booked—and DD had already missed 2 days of school. I had to let it go and trust that she would be ok sitting next to a stranger. I don’t know why that business man didn’t want to change seats with me, but he did open her juice for her and help her. I kept going up asking if she was ok. It worked out ok in the end, but I wasn’t happy.
Many many “moons” ago, my DH and I were on a flight where American would not take off if a parent was not sitting right next to a child under a certain age. The flight was delayed so DH and I split up so we could get going. I don’t know when that rule changed.
I am not sure what I would do if asked to be separated from a young child now…I think I might have to change flights…[/QUOTE]
I’m not sure what I would have done either. My son is old enough to sit alone and be fine, he’s almost 15. However, being the worrier I am I still would like a parent next to him in case there is an emergency. A stranger isn’t the same as a parent in a true emergency.