Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes Take Separate Planes

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You'll never catch Revolutionary Road's Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, the director and her husband, cuddling up on an airplane. That's because the Hollywood power couple takes separate planes when they fly. That way, they reason, if there's a crash, one of them will still be around for the kids, Mia, 8 (Kate's daughter from her first marriage) and Joe, 5.

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    Kate Winslet - Actress in a Leading Role, The Reader
    Kate has a daughter, Mia Honey, with director Jim Threapleton, and a son, Joe Alfie, with her current husband, director Sam Mendes.

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    Josh Brolin - Actor in a Supporting Role, Milk
    Brolin has two children, Trevor and Eden, from his previous marriage to actress Alice Adair.

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    His two children, Dylan Frances and Hopper Jack, are with actress Robin Wright.

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    Meryl Streep - Actress in a Leading Role, Doubt
    The actress has four children with husband Donald Gummer -- Henry, the eldest, was born in 1979 and Grace Jane, the youngest, in 1986.

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    Robert Downey Jr - Actor in a Supporting Role, Tropic Thunder
    Robert's has a son, Indio, with ex-wife Deborah Falconer.

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    Arguably the world's most famous parents, Brangelina, both nominated for awards, have a total of six children -- most recently twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline. The twins were proceeded by Pax Thien (who the couple adopted from Vietnam), Shiloh Nouvel, Zahara (adopted from Ethiopia) and Maddox Chivan (adopted from Cambodia).

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    Hoffman's three children, Cooper Alexander, Tallulah and Willa are with longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell.

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    The actor has two children.

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    Melissa Leo - Actress in a Leading Role, Frozen River
    She has a son with actor and former boyfriend John Heard.

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    Richard Jenkins - Actor in a Leading Role, The Visitor
    Richard and Sharon R. Frederick, his wife of nearly 40 years, have two children -- Sarah Pamela and Andrew Dale.

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"Where possible, Kate and Sam do prefer to travel in separate planes," their spokesperson confirmed.

The couple's arrangement doesn't just stem from extreme caution. Mendes, 47, was originally booked on American Airlines flight 77 on 9/11, the airplane that was crashed into the Pentagon killing all 64 people. A late change of his plans saved his life. One month later, Winslet, 33, who is nominated for a best actress Oscar for The Reader, was on board a flight to Texas with her daughter when a man stood up and announced he was an Islamic terrorist and that they were "all going to die."

Some of us might not even fly again after a history like that. But when you're an A-list movie star and a respected director, you really don't have much of a choice. They travel. A lot.

Parents taking separate planes isn't a new idea, but I'm not sure how common it really is. You tell us.

If you travel on a regular basis, do you ever consider separate flights? Have you done it? And if you don't, what steps have you taken to ensure your kids are cared for in the event of an accident?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.