By Christopher Elliott | December 31, 2021

On a recent flight from Atlanta to Mobile, Alabama, I saw the future of travel: an unmasked toddler racing up and down the aisle in economy class, screaming for his mama. It was the ultimate kids-on-planes nightmare.

Meanwhile, Mom was safely strapped into her seat as the aircraft started its descent. Flight attendants eventually cornered the child at the first-class partition and whisked him back to his family.

Maybe you’ve noticed how quiet air travel has been in the last two years. One reason is that families, especially those with young kids, have taken a break from air travel. But with the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 5, the kids on planes have returned.

“In a very real sense, 2022 is shaping up to become the year of family travel,” says Rajeev Shrivastava, CEO of, a travel insurance marketplace. “Between the surge in family travel bookings for 2022 and the reopening of international borders after nearly two years, not everything will go smoothly.”

Read the full article at USA Today.