Infant & Children

 

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Helpful hints for infant (less than 2 years old) travel

Infant in Arms

Infants and children less than 2 years old may travel for free within the U.S. if an adult (12 years or older) holds the infant in arms or places the infant in an FAA-approved child restraint during take-off and landing.

Infants and small children must be accompanied by someone who is at least 18 years old, or is the child's parent or legal guardian. The adult and the child must travel in the same cabin. If traveling with a newborn, please review Delta and Delta Connection® Carrier requirements for an approval letter from a physician saying it's all right for the newborn to fly.

International Flights

If a customer is traveling with an infant and their travel destination requires a passport and/or travel visas, the customer will need to secure a passport for the child.

Ticketing Requirements

When a ticket is not required

Travel with one lap-infant and:

  • The infant is less than two years old, AND
  • There is an accompanying adult at least 18 years old or the infant's legal guardian, AND travel is within the U.S.

When a ticket is required

A purchased ticket is required when:

  • A child is age two or older.
  • The child is to sit in a seat in order to travel in an approved restraint.
  • A customer is traveling with a second child, regardless of age, and has a lap-child
  • A customer wants child to earn SkyMiles.
  • A customer will be traveling between countries regardless of whether or not the child occupies a seat.

NOTE: Number of Infants per Adult—a limit of two infants, less than two years old, per adult may travel together.
International Taxes & Fees—For infants under the age of two and held in the adult's lap, the cost is usually about 10% of the adult fare plus any international taxes and surcharges, which can be significant.

Child Fares & Special Discounts

Travel Within the Domestic U.S.
Delta does not offer discounted infant and child fares for travel within the domestic U.S.

Travel Between Countries
Discounted child fares may be available when traveling outside the U.S. or when traveling between certain countries. The price of the ticket will depend on the age of the child. Taxes & fees may also apply to infants held in the adult's lap.

Seat Assignments

Traveling with an infant restricts a customer’s ability to occupy some seats due to FAA regulations. To make sure both customer and infant are safe and comfortable during the flight, review Infant and Child Seating and Aircraft Types and Layout for more information.

Infant Baggage

Review the Infant and Children’s Baggage section for specific information on carry-on items such as child restraint seats, strollers, and diaper bags. During security check-in, the TSA will usually make a special provision for items such as medications and baby formula.

Approved Child Restraints

All child restraints have labeling that shows whether or not the restraint meets certain safety requirements. The label has a circle surrounding the letter "e" followed by the distinguishing number granting approval, and will indicate the seat's category and mass group.

Labeling Specifics

If a restraint was manufactured within the U.S. between 1/1/81 and 2/25/85, it needs to have the following labeling to be approved for Delta flights:

  • Conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle standards.

If a restraint was manufactured within the U.S. after 2/25/85, it needs to have the following labeling to be approved for Delta flights:

  • Conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle standards
  • Is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.

If a restraint was manufactured outside the U.S., it needs to have the following labeling to be approved for Delta flights:

  • Has the approval of a foreign government
  • Was manufactured under standards of the United Nations (UN).

Restraints that are not permitted

We do not permit the following types of car seats:

  • Booster seats-even if they bear labels indicating they meet U.S., UN, or foreign government standards.
  • Vest and harness-type child restraint devices other than the FAA approved CARES restraint device.

Aboard the Aircraft

A customer may place an infant in an adjacent unoccupied seat if the seat remains open and the customer is using an FAA-approved child restraint. However, Delta can't guarantee that the adjacent seat will remain open. The customer will need to pay for the seat to ensure that it's available.

Where to Sit with a Child Restraint

When a customer is using a child restraint, do not select seats in the following areas:

  • Emergency exit rows
  • Any seat one row forward or one row back from an emergency exit row
  • Aisle seats
  • Bulkhead seats when the car seat is a combination car seat and stroller

If a child is placed in a restraint occupying the middle seat of a single-aisle aircraft, the accompanying adult has to sit at the window seat, unless the window seat remains vacant throughout the flight. This is so other passengers can easily access the aisle.

Similarly, if a child is placed in a restraint occupying the middle seat of a dual-aisle aircraft, the accompanying adult has to sit next to the child in such a way that other passengers can easily access the aisle.

A row may contain more than one child restraint device if the children are from the same family or travel group.

Take-off and Landing

An adult (12 years or older) may hold an infant or place the infant in a FAA-approved child restraint during take-off and landing.

Child Restraints & Adults' Responsibilities

The accompanying adult has the following responsibilities when using a child restraint during take-off and landing:

  • The adult has to make sure that the child restraint seat meets FAA guidelines (see Approved Child Restraints).
  • The adult has to make sure that the child restraint seat functions properly and is free of obvious defects.
  • The adult has to secure the child according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • The adult has to make sure the child does not exceed the restraint's weight limit.
  • The adult has to make sure the child restraint is secured to the aircraft seat using the aircraft seat's safety belt.

Our flight attendants will check with the accompanying adult that the child is properly restrained and the child's seat is properly secured to the aircraft seat. However, the ultimate responsibility falls to the accompanying adult.

Air France/KLM

Information about traveling with an infant or a child on an Air France or KLM flight is available on the agency website AgentConnect.biz.

Alitalia

Information about traveling with an infant or a child on an Alitalia flight is available on alitalia-agent.com.

 
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