Traveling with a child can be a challenging task, especially if you are not familiar with the necessary documents and procedures. The United States government website GoVa provides information on the identification requirements for minors when traveling. Generally, people under 18 do not need to present identification when traveling within the U. S., but airlines may have exclusive policies or procedures for minors.
For international travel, children must present the same travel documents as adults. The Transportation Security Administration website provides more information on this topic. In addition to your hand luggage or personal item, you can bring a breast pump and a small soft-sided cooler for breast milk. These items do not need to be checked and are allowed even if you are not traveling with a child. Most airports also have nursing rooms and stations available for your convenience. If you cannot choose seats, do not want to pay for them, or choose a basic economy class fare, our system will detect that you are a family member traveling.
We will do our best to keep you together, but if seats are limited, we will assign seats so that children under 15 are next to at least one adult. If you and your children are traveling together but have separate reservations, please call Reservations so we can write you down on each booking. Children aged 2 and over must have their own seat and an adult fare with ticket. Children under 5 years old cannot travel alone under any circumstances. If you do not choose seats in the main cabin or in basic economy class, we will assign them a few days after buying the tickets so that children under 15 years old are next to at least one adult they are traveling with. Infants under 2 years old can travel free of charge on the lap of their parents (of any age) or of an accompanying adult aged 16 or older traveling in the same cabin.
We welcome babies as young as 2 days old, but infants under 7 days old must complete a “passenger health insurance” form before the flight. If your baby will be traveling in their own seat, you must purchase a ticket. The baby must ride in a safety seat approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or be able to sit upright in their seat without assistance and have their seat belt securely fastened during the taxi, takeoff, landing and whenever the “fasten your seat belt” sign appears. Most safety seats approved for use in motor vehicles are acceptable for use on airplanes. Check the dimensions of the seats before you travel.
Safety seats are not allowed on First or Business on some airplanes because of the angles of the seats. If you are flying abroad with a baby on your lap, we will issue a ticket to the baby. You can check in one suitcase for the baby at the same rate as the first suitcase checked for an adult. Children or infants traveling outside the U. S.
must have the same documentation as an adult. If a child under 18 years of age is traveling abroad without both parents, they may need to submit a letter of consent. If your due date is within 4 weeks before your flight, you must present a medical certificate showing that you have been recently examined and that you are fit to fly. If you are planning to travel abroad with your child and both parents will not be traveling together, you will need to provide some additional permission forms. A travel consent form for children is a form that provides evidence that the child is authorized to travel alone. You should only contact Reservations if you are traveling with an infant younger than 7 days old or if you are traveling outside the U.
S.When it comes to traveling with children, it is important to be aware of all necessary documents and procedures required by airlines and governments. GoVa provides information on identification requirements for minors when traveling within the U. S., while TSA offers more details about international travel documents needed by children and infants. Additionally, it is important to remember that infants under 7 days old must complete a “passenger health insurance” form before flying and that children under 18 years of age may need to submit a letter of consent when traveling abroad without both parents.