Children Travel Age Requirements
Are you planning to fly with your kids anytime soon? If yes, then as you probably know, flying can be stressful for parents when taking the kids. 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 children.
By knowing the age limits for flying with infants and children, you can be better prepared to enjoy your travel experience with your little ones.
Age Limits of Flying with Infants & Kids
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.
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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.
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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.
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Different airlines may have different rules, so you should visit the website for the airline you're flying with before you book a ticket for your child. There are some common guidelines and requirements that every airline has to follow.