Flying With Your Baby: Airlines in America

America’s Airlines Procedures and Need to Knows With A Baby

When we are going to travel as a family, especially with children, many questions arise and what we really want is to have everything under control. If we choose to take a flight with our little ones, the doubts enter… How do I take the little one and their things? Do they charge for each item? Will my baby be comfortable?

Don’t worry, now you are going to have all this information in one place so you can opt for the one that best suits your needs and those of your family.

One of the things we have to take into account is that companies consider them babies when they are between 8 days and 23 months old, but there can be small variations depending on the company.

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JetBlue:

  • A child can sit on your lap up to the age of two. Proof of age must be presented. Babies on laps can have a diaper bag in addition to your carry-on and additional item. 
  • A car seat is not required for children who can sit straight with their own seat. If you bring a seat it must be FAA approved. 
  • Blue Basic tickets do not come with assigned seats. So, get Blue, Blue Plus, or Blue Extra to reserve seats with your child.
  • Strollers and car seats will be gate-checked or checked in when you arrive at the airport.

Southwest Airlines:

  • You need an infant boarding pass for children under two who will sit on your lap or you can buy them a seat ticket. 
  • If you buy your infant (under 2 years) a seat be sure to call American Airlines to find special infant rates. 
  • A child restraint system is highly recommended; it is required for children who cannot sit up on their own
  • Basinnettes may be available on a first come first served basis
  • You are allowed an extra diaper bag for lapped babies

American Airlines:

  • You need an infant boarding pass for children under two who will sit on your lap or you can buy them a seat ticket. 
  • A child restraint system is highly recommended; it is required for children who cannot sit up on their own
  • Basinnettes may be available on a first come first served basis
  • You are allowed an extra diaper bag for lapped babies
  • Each ticketed passenger is allowed a stroller and a car seat that can be checked
  • Only one can be checked at the gate the other must be checked at the ticketing area
  • If the stroller is heavier than 20 pounds it must be checked at the ticketing counter

Delta:

  • For flights within the US or for international flights where the baby will occupy a seat, a ticket is required no matter the age of the baby
  • For international flights a baby under two years old who sits on a lap still requires a ticket but it is usually 10% the cost of a normal seat
  • You are allowed to check your stroller and car seat (unless you plan to use your car seat as an FAA-approved child restraint system) 
  • You may also bring your own basinetter or booster that can be secured properly to the seat