The Elc do little plastic oval shapes scribble pad things-you know the ones that are grey and you can erase ? All my 3 loved those as baby/toddlers on flights. They have a clip too so can be clipped on to your handbag /baby bag strap so easy to find for a quick distraction.
My DS would have also just played quite happily with a couple of little cars for hours on end, DD2 however would have just chucked them across the plane at fellow passengers , so you will know what kind of thing your ds likes.
Mine also liked the little 'toy libraries' you get in Asda or Tesco , of In the night Garden, Dora , Disney princess etc-as they were toddlers they liked 'reading' the little books but as babies they spent many a flight concentrating on slotting the 6 books in and out of the box over and over!
Will have a look out for some of those toys - he does love the "that's not my" book anyway.
I'm not planning on bringing a pram to the airport (we'll borrow one from family when we get to our destination) so have our lovely sling all ready anyway - DH and I will take turns to wear him. And yes, all prepared to feed on take-off and landing...
- Reading 'lift the flap' or 'that's not my' books together - Rainmaker toy - Finger puppets
- Getting up in the aisle with DH and looking around, opening and closing the luggage lockers (although not too often of course for other passengers!) - Exploring things around the seat: seat belt, safety instructions card etc. - Exploring the inflight meal and eating any parts of it that are suitable.
- A sling or hip carrier is handy for when you've landed and don't have your pram. - I bf DD on takeoff and landing to prevent ear ache. Expect a bottle/dummy/sippy cup would also work.