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"The early-boarding opportunities airlines offer to travelers with young children are great, but they can add as much as 30 minutes of confined time for our toddler. Now my husband boards at first call with all our carry-ons, and my daughter and I play in the waiting area until final call. By the time she and I get to our seats, my husband has set us up with snacks, juice cups, and coloring books. My daughter and I just buckle in." —Amanda Pekrul, Charlotte, N.C.

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