Children Travel Requirements
Are you planning to fly with your kids anytime soon?
If yes! Then flying can be stressful for someone when it comes to traveling with the children. The good news is that with a little bit of planning, you can ensure a safer and smoother flight for you as well as for your child.
By following the tips given below for flying with infants and children, you can enjoy your travel experience with your little ones. In this article, we are discussing every aspect that is to be fulfilled before traveling with children.
What to know before purchasing a ticket when flying with children
Different airlines may have different rules, so you can go through the websites for the airlines before you book a ticket for your child. There are some common guidelines and requirements that every airline has to follow.
Infants must be seven days old for air travel (most airlines)
Some airlines require a doctor's written permission if the infant or baby is less than 14 days old, so you have to be sure to check your airline's policies. Further, he or she is allowed on board only in the case of emergency medical reasons or if the mother is traveling on compassionate grounds.
Infants with 14 days ‑1 year
Tickets for the infants who are traveling on a bassinet or a parent's lap can fly free. When you are booking your tickets online, you can also request a bassinet in the Passenger Details section.
Children with 6‑36 months can apply for car seats
Lap children between the ages of 6 to 36 months can travel onboard in car seats. Further, if you prefer this option, you have to pay full fare for that particular seat for the baby, irrespective of the baby's age.
The car seats must be approved by the government, with labeling that indicates that it is approved for vehicles as well as aircraft. You can also use car seats at any stage of the flight, including take‑off and landing.
The car seat needs to be forward-facing. In addition, it must be the one that can be secured by the use of the lap seatbelt at the seat.
Note: If the car-seat in the flight is not sold out, the airline may allow you to use an empty seat for your lap child. However, there is no guarantee of the availability of the seat unless you purchased it.
Some airlines may also offer special discounts if you purchase a ticket for a child under the age of 2. While these discounts are rare, it is worth exploring the potential by contacting the airlines directly.
Children with 2‑14 years of age
You have to buy a full ticket for children traveling in a separate seat between the ages of 2-14 years. In some of the cases, you may also discount the full adult fare.
Reserve a nonstop flight whenever possible
You can also reserve a nonstop flight for your child whenever possible. Moving children (especially infants and toddlers) and their belongings from plane-to-plane and through terminals is enough to put anyone over the edge.
It is best to minimize the number of times this must be done when flying with young children and infants. If it is unavoidable, be prepared and organized for it.
Benefits of having a nonstop flight
- Fewer chances of complications
- The nonstop flight is shorter
- It can be more relaxed for your child
- You can save money
Select connecting flights that have at least 1-hour separation
Try to book the flights that have a minimum of one-hour separation. By doing so, you have plenty of time to get from one gate to another as well as take care of the urgent needs of your children.
Preselect your seats
For making your journeys free from the hassle, it is advisable to preselect your seats if you are traveling with your infant or child. Further, you can also book a car seat for your little one.
Bulkhead seating can allow for more foot space but keep in mind that there is no under-the-seat storage. Make your choice wisely and strategically based on the number of adults in your party and the ages and compatibility of your children.
You can "gate check" stroller(s) and/or car seats
This means that you can bring strollers and car seats with you to the entry of the airplane and pick it up at the same location after landing. You must get a gate check tag prior to boarding.
This gate check is given to you by the flight crew in the boarding area. This tag is useful as the agent writes your seat number as well as other flight information on it.
With the above-mentioned tips, you can have a happy and safe journey with your little ones during the flight.