Has anyone told you you can’t be in the family boarding line with your 8 yr old? I think most people would be ok with it including flight attendants. I agree that an 8 year old can’t sit alone but likely someone would trade you. sometimes you can upgrade your boarding at checkin counter or gate for less money or upgrade to any unfilled business select for cheap (rare) so you can pre-board. But when I go with my kids I usually try family boarding or trading. Once I had to pay at the gate though to upgrade as it was a very full flight and we had end of C boarding and you was scared noone would trade.
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