It can be one of the most upsetting issues for a junior traveller – that moment of distraction that sees a teddy bear left lying on an airport seat, or lost on a baggage carousel, spinning around in sorry silence amid the last suitcases.

So, Thomson Airways in the UK is launching a front-desk process that will allow kids to “check in” teddies before they board. Teddies can be registered, and will be given a special boarding pass, to be exchanged for a VIB – “Very Important Buddy” – tag at the gate. – Daily Mail