There is a story out today about a family flying to Chicago from my local airport, Charlotte.
If you read through the Flyertalk post what it really comes down to is that a family of 6 (Father, Mother, 3-year old, 18-month twins, 7-month old) bought tickets under the premise that children under 2 fly free*. The thing is that they only had 3 paid tickets and wanted to put 6 people in a row. That leads me to remind people about oxygen masks.
I’m not aware of any aircraft (but please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong) that will allow more than x+1 on side/row of an aircraft, and some it’s really just row since only one side may be +1 Many of the mainline planes do tend to have +1 on each side so if there are 3 seats there are 3+1 on each side, but other planes such as regional jets may only have the extra on the CD (or DF) side and not the AB or (AC) side.
This means that if you are a family traveling with more than 1 lap child you will not be able to sit in the same side of the same row because in case oxygen masks are needed, you will need to choose who is your favorite child (because remember, always put yours on before assisting others or else you pass out and are useless to all your children!) because you will be a mask short.
Was this situation handled poorly, yes! Is there an abundance of information about choosing seats for a family with lap children? I just checked SeatGuru and didn’t see anything under the US Airways A321 page. Was I told I could not have 2 adults and 3 lap children when I attempted to book this ticket on US’s website? Yes. Is it easy to learn about oxygen masks and how that affects seating with a lap child? No. I just don’t understand how parents who think the laws to keep kids in booster seats in cars until they are 18 make sense, but that having a seat on a plane is not necessary…and while we’re talking about booster seats…don’t bring them on the plane. There is no point!