Twin stroller and overseas flight by myself

Petra - posted on 04/02/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Hi,

in less than two weeks I am going by myself for the first time to see my family in Europe. I am planning to bring my boys in Graco Quattro Tour Double Stroller. I just talked to my girlfriend who has only one baby but she said they were giving her really hard time at the security check and wanted her to disassemble the stroller as much as possible to fit through the x-ray where you put your carry on luggages. I kind of started to freak out. I really cannot to buy another stroller just because of this trip and cannot imagine having my boys crawl around the security check point while I am taking the wheels of the stroller off (the only part that can be taken off). Anybody flew with this model, any suggestion or anybody knows how big that x-ray "box" is?

Also if you have any experiences flying solo with 11 month old twins would be greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you so much for your inputs!!!!

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Caroline - posted on 07/07/2011

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Glad you didn't have any problems and it all worked out! Airports these days are so much hassle just trying to figure out all the regulations..

Petra - posted on 07/06/2011

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Had no problems flying with twins by myself, sounds strange, they manually screened my stroller, just had to carry boys through, thanks everybody

Nirjari - posted on 04/13/2011

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hi there,
i am flying with my twin boys - 8 months in May and was also told I cannot go alone with 2 infants. We had to get my dad to come and pick us up and then fly back with us.

Marsha - posted on 04/12/2011

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When we fly with our twins we use a double umbrella stroller. Our's is made by Jeep. It folds up really small and easy to fold and unfold. My twins were about 1 1/2 first we did it and it made it much easier.

User - posted on 04/11/2011

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So, I must have looked completely overwhelmed or something because they actually gave my husband a security pass so he could help me get to the terminal. Maybe if you look really frustrated (I know it's hard to make the frustration look natural) lol, they will let someone go with you through security. It was a big help.

Good luck

Samone - posted on 04/11/2011

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My husbands father works for the airport and we fly alot. If the stroller doesnt fit the will just manually check it. No worries you don't have to purchase a new stroller. However sometimes depending on the airline, you might be required to check the stroller in when you get ready to board and won't be allowed to take onto the actual plan with you, but when you disboard it will be waiting for you. Some airlines will even provide you with a helper if you need one to help you board the plane and when you get off. My advice is to call the airline and ask them what their rules are and if they have any services they can provide to accomdate you. You will be surprised how helpful they are.

Rachel - posted on 04/11/2011

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I have 2 sets of twins that are 1 year apart. We flew domestic with a quad stroller, my husband, myself & all 4 girls (purchased seats for 2 of them and we each held a kid). I don't mean to scare you and this was like 3 years ago, but it was a nightmare. At security, they wanted the girls out of the stroller, we could not hold them and they would not hold them ( their ages were about 9 mos and 20 mos). We were like "ummmmm what are we supposed to do?" Finally these nice ladies, that were in front of us saw our problem and how rude TSA was being to us and offered to help us by holding them and keeping an eye on them for us. It was really bad I was so freaked out having to give my kids to perfect strangers, but it turned out they were really good people (Thank God). I just kept thinking "oh my gosh they could take off running with my babies". We made a formal complaint with TSA so hopefully they have made some improvements. The girls are now 4 & 5, but we drive just about everywhere now, it was REALLY bad.

Viviane - posted on 04/10/2011

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I have 10 month old twins and I'm planning to travel to Brazil to visit my parents in November. After doing some research, I've decided (as recommended by other mother of twins) to travel with two cheap umbrella strollers and just buy the type of connector that transforms two single strollers into a double one. I wouldn't take my expensive double stroller to my trip. I think it would be a hassle and also I wouldn't want to take the risk of having my good stroller damaged.

Wendy - posted on 04/10/2011

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Don't stress about the stroller they will work it some how when you get to that point of going threw the machine, can you lend a single stroller and carry one in a baby pouch

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I imagine it depends on the airline, the type of flight, and the age of the children. I am pretty sure the two Canadian airlines I looked into did not permit it for domestic flights. Will check again though.

Lykke - posted on 04/09/2011

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even better, i was going to fly to Europe when my boys were about 10 weeks and I was told that we had to be 2 people!! Maybe it has changed, my twins are 4 now so it's been a while;)

Petra - posted on 04/09/2011

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Actually I am travelling with Polish airlines and before I talked to Delta and don't know where you got your information but the rule is there is limit one adult for 2 infants and you have to buy seat for one of them, one can be in your lap, only if you wouldn't want to purchase a seat you have to have somebody 12 and older to hold one in a lap

Lykke - posted on 04/09/2011

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that is true, I forgot all about it, you do have to be two people when traveling with two infants.

Tracy - posted on 04/08/2011

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I am curious what airline you are taking. When I inquired into travelling alone with 2 infants I was told I could not do it unless there were 2 people (one adult the other 16 yrs+). Was I given misinformation?

Lykke - posted on 04/08/2011

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I went to denmark in October with my twins by myself, they were almost 3 but I called the airline and they gave me the advise to travel with a cheaper side by side stroller, I had the same one as you and were going to travel with it. SO HAPPY i didn't because they would have made me check it as luggage so i wouldn;t have had any use of it going from one terminal to the other. I bought a Jeep stroller for $90 and I got to bring it on the plane, and it was a good thing i brought a cheaper one because going home they didnt want to give me my stroller until AFTER i went through CUSTOMS, well it was 6pm and we came from a country that was 6 hours ahead of us so my boys were exhausted and just started crying that they wanted to sit in the stroller, well random acts of kindness from about 250 people in line in Customs, all let me go in front of them, THANK GOD, a Customs Agent came and helped me through and it all took about 10 min instead of 2 hours, AND when I got my stroller is was pretty banged up, I really didn't even care, my sweet boys sat down and feel asleep immediately only to have to go on our connecting flight 10 min later, THEY DID NOT SLEEP AT ALL on the trip there or home, but was SO good about traveling only cryed when when we landed and when they JUST feel a sleep and then turbulens woke them up:(

Jaime - posted on 04/05/2011

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Just a thought, maybe call the Airport and see what they say. I wish I had experience with this and could help.....
I am sure all us Twin moms know what it is like to have our twins run free in a area that has not been baby proofed by our self and be busy doing something to top it off......Can you say insanity!
Good Luck

Laura - posted on 04/03/2011

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I've flown a few times with that stroller...my twins are 18 months. They have never made me take it apart. They did make me take the kids out and carry them through, but the security people want you through as fast as you want to be through, so they will help you! I took both kids and they closed up the stroller...put it on the belt and took it through. I've also flown with a side by side which doesn't fit through the machine and they just took it around. I always imagine the worst also, but when I've flown everyone moves out of the way for me :)

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My kids aren't twins but they are only a year apart so I did the double stroller thing in the airport, too. You don't have to disassemble it, thank God. Just fold it up and lay it on the conveyer, that's it. It will fit through the x-ray thing and it doesn't they will to the detection manually. There must not be a standard size to the x-rayers bc in some airports it's gone through and in others it hasn't. They'll accomodate you, though. You HAVE to have it. And, when you get off your flight they'll have it waiting at the gate for you as a courtesey. The hard part is getting the stroller on the conveyer with 2 babies to manage. I had no help and the security people didn't offer to help either so it was really hard. I sat the baby on the floor kind of between my legs to hold him there and had a harness leash on my daughter so she couldn't run off. On one trip there was a nice lady behind me who asked if I needed help, to which I was very greatful. She held my baby while I managed the stroller....I don't normally hand my baby off to strangers, by the way lol....but I was desperate and it's not like she could run through security with him and get anywhere lol. Getting through security is the hardest part but after that you're home free bc like I said, the stroller will be at the gate so you'll have use of it when you have lay overs and when you get to your destination. You know how fast you have to get from gate to gate, there's no way you could do it without a stroller for the babies. No way! You'll do fine, don't stress about it. Just remember, the very beginning with getting through security is the hard part and after that it's smooth sailing. Remember to pack enough snacks, formula and whatever they like in your carry-on bag and some toys to keep them busy. If you have a portable dvd player take it with you. Anything to keep the kids happy! : ) Good luck and try not to stress, you'll be fine and they will accomodate you! : )

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My kids aren't twins but they are only a year apart so I did the double stroller thing in the airport, too. You don't have to disassemble it, thank God. Just fold it up and lay it on the conveyer, that's it. It will fit through the x-ray thing and it doesn't they will to the detection manually. There must not be a standard size to the x-rayers bc in some airports it's gone through and in others it hasn't. They'll accomodate you, though. You HAVE to have it. And, when you get off your flight they'll have it waiting at the gate for you as a courtesey. The hard part is getting the stroller on the conveyer with 2 babies to manage. I had no help and the security people didn't offer to help either so it was really hard. I sat the baby on the floor kind of between my legs to hold him there and had a harness leash on my daughter so she couldn't run off. On one trip there was a nice lady behind me who asked if I needed help, to which I was very greatful. She held my baby while I managed the stroller....I don't normally hand my baby off to strangers, by the way lol....but I was desperate and it's not like she could run through security with him and get anywhere lol. Getting through security is the hardest part but after that you're home free bc like I said, the stroller will be at the gate so you'll have use of it when you have lay overs and when you get to your destination. You know how fast you have to get from gate to gate, there's no way you could do it without a stroller for the babies. No way! You'll do fine, don't stress about it. Just remember, the very beginning with getting through security is the hard part and after that it's smooth sailing. Remember to pack enough snacks, formula and whatever they like in your carry-on bag and some toys to keep them busy. If you have a portable dvd player take it with you. Anything to keep the kids happy! : ) Good luck and try not to stress, you'll be fine and they will accomodate you! : )

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