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11th Jul 2023

Single mum left in tears after airline staff said she could not fly alone with her kids

A single mum has gone viral on TikTok after she revealed that she was told by an airline she could not fly alone with her children.

In a video that has since gone viral from her profile, @amandaleighvienno, she explained that the Flair airline told her she was not able to fly with more than one child under two.

“It sucks being a single mom,” Amanda Leigh Vienno Bailey says in the short clip.

The mum-of-twins was emotional in the video as she said she was so disappointed after confirming on numerous occasions that she could fly with her two babies.

She told her followers that she was packed and ready to go. She had her hopes up about the trip and she continuously told herself, “I can do it.”

On arrival at the airport, Bailey was informed that as per Canadian Aviation Regulations; an adult passenger can only be responsible for one child under the age of 2.

It was also highlighted to her that even if you buy separate seats for infants with belts available for them, they must be accompanied by another adult.

@amandaleighvienno Not impressed that i cant fly with my babies . Absolutely flawed law/rule if you ask me #flairairlines #canadianaviation #flyingwithtwins ♬ original sound – Amanda Leigh Vienno Bailey

The same rules apply in Ireland, and Aer Lingus states on its website: “Infants under the age of two years may travel provided that they sit on an adult’s lap while using an infant loop belt (one infant per adult) and a fee is charged per flight.

“No baby/car seats are allowed in the cabin of the aircraft. A maximum of eight infants only to be carried on board the aircraft for each flight.”

Meanwhile, Ryanair advises that: “Infants aged up to 7 days cannot be accepted for travel on any Ryanair flights.

“Infants (aged 8 days to 23 months inclusive) travelling with Ryanair must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over (one infant per adult). All infants must sit on an adult’s lap and do qualify for a separate bag allowance.”