Seven minutes. That's how long Madeline will sit contentedly on a lap on an airplane. Last week Madeline and I flew home from Edmonton. The flight is only about 30 minutes long, so Chris and I thought that keeping her on my lap was work trying. It wasn't so bad, but I am happy that Westjet assigned me a window seat as Madeline was unable to wrestle out of my arms and take off down the aisle. Aside from her insatiable urge to explore, Madeline is still a good little flyer. She liked looking through the safety information card tucked into the seat pocket and turning the latch locking the refreshment tray was amusing for awhile :)
I was really happy with the care Westjet and the baggage handlers at the Edmonton International Airport took with Madeline's carseat. It was the last item loaded onto the plane (I was watching from my seat onboard), and it was carried from the baggage trolley by hand and placed into the cargo hold. Next time we fly, I think it makes sense to buy Madeline her own seat and use her carseat on board. It's saferfor her anyway, and I can't think of any other way to keep her from running amok on the plane without struggling with my active toddler. I was really happy to find this thread on the Baby Bargains board with pics and illustrations on how to best install a Marathon onboard an airplane last night - I've bookmarked it for the future!