Traveling With Children
Kids will be kids, and we like it that way. Let's make their travel experience special.
Travel With Infants
We know you want to hold on to that baby as long as possible, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rules, and we must abide by them.
An infant is allowed to travel free of charge on the lap of an adult from seven days old until his or her second birthday. You have the option to purchase a seat for your child if you prefer to have him or her sit in an approved car seat, and we encourage you to do so.
Even if your infant is flying for free, there may be taxes due when traveling internationally. International taxes will be collected at check-in. Only one infant per paying adult is allowed to travel as a lap child. If one adult is traveling with two infants, the first infant may travel as a lap child, but a ticket for a reserved seat must be purchased for the second infant to use with an approved car seat. Two adults with two lap children can't sit in the same side of a row, because there are only four oxygen masks per every three seats. Lap children may not sit in any seat that has an airbag seatbelt installed, which includes row 1 on most aircraft.
Travel With Children
Reaching that second birthday doesn't mean your baby is all grown up, but it does mean that your two-year-old must have his or her own seat on our planes.
If you are traveling with a child, we recommend that you bring items that will keep him or her content during the flight. We offer access to DIRECTV® service for a small fee on flights operated by Airbus aircraft. Consider bringing your child's favorite blanket, books, toys, and snacks. Word of advice: For your sake and for the comfort of the passengers around you, please avoid bringing that REALLY loud toy.
And speaking of ears ... as you may know, during take-off and landing the pressure changes in the plane. Since children have sensitive ears, they may need something to suck on to help their ears "pop." We recommend having a pacifier or bottle for an infant or candy for a child.
Your child must be accompanied by a passenger who is at least 15 years of age or else your child will need to meet the requirements for our Unaccompanied Minor
Car Seats and Strollers
For added safety and security, your child can sit in a car seat on the aircraft as long as it has an approved FAA red label stating: "This restraint device is approved for motor vehicle and aircraft use." Use of the FAA-approved AMSafe Aviation C.A.R.E.S. child harness device is also allowed. Car seats may not be placed in the emergency exit rows, in the seats immediately in front or behind the exit rows, or in any seat that has an airbag seatbelt installed, which includes row 1 on most aircraft. We suggest placing car seats in window seats so they do not impede access to the aisle by other passengers.
Strollers may be used to transport your child to the gate, but then must be checked at the gate. Your stroller will be returned to you at the gate at your destination.