Traveling With Children
Traveling with infants and children requires a
little extra planning and attention to detail.
The guidelines below apply to most airlines, but it's important to
contact the airline directly by telephone to confirm details for any
trip involving infants and children. Telephone numbers
for major airlines: Airline Toll Free Phone Numbers
One child under 24 months of age may travel free domestically when
accompanied by an adult, provided a seat is not reserved for the child.
When travel is international, one child may travel free or be subject to
a discounted fare depending on the international point. If the flight on
which you are traveling is not full, your child may use an adjacent
One adult customer traveling with more than one infant must purchase an
adjacent seat for each additional child, at the applicable child's fare.
These children must be properly secured in their seats. One must be at
least 15 years old to hold an infant as a lap child.
Bassinets and Baby Seats
Approved infant car seats may be used on board the aircraft when a cabin
seat has been booked for your infant. They should conform to all
applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. If manufactured after
1984, it should also be certified for use in aircraft. These car seats
may be occupied for takeoff, landing and during turbulence.
Bassinets are usually provided, free of charge, on all international
flights. When making your reservations, you may request a seat in an
appropriate location for bassinet usage. These bassinets are large
enough to hold a child up to about 6 months old. They may not be used
for takeoff, landing or any time the fasten seat belt sign is
Special meals may be ordered through reservations a minimum of 24 hours
Takeoff and Landing
On takeoff and landing, it is a good idea to give your child something
to eat or drink. This helps alleviate any ear pain caused by the
pressure as the cabin adjusts to the altitude.
The Federal Aviation AdminiStration has determined that seats which are
directly adjacent to exits should be restricted from occupancy to
customers traveling with infants. Additionally, only one infant per row
on either side of the plane is acceptable due to the availability of
Children ages 5 through 11 who are traveling alone are considered
unaccompanied minors. Unaccompanied children from 5 through 7 years of
age are usually accepted for travel on nonstop flights only. They must
be brought to the departure airport by a parent or responsible adult who
will remain until the child is boarded and the aircraft pushes back
(away) from the gate. This individual will also be required to furnish
evidence that the child will be met by another parent or responsible
adult at their destination. Children 8 through 11 years of age are
accepted for transportation entirely on United, or including travel
involving other airlines.
Most airlines charge a handling fee for unaccompanied minors.
All airlines require information about those who are going to meet them
at their destination.
You will need to complete Unaccompanied Minor Form.
It's important you advise your child to stay on board the flight until
he/she is taken by a flight attendant to the customer service
Again, it's important to contact the airline directly by telephone to
confirm details for any trip involving infants and children.
Here's a list of telephone numbers for major airlines:
Airline Toll Free Phone Numbers