Your child's safety and comfort — and your peace of mind — are very important to us. That's why we've outlined travel guidelines and safety restrictions to ensure your kids' trip is great from takeoff to landing, and every moment in between.
No Ticket Required
You may travel with one1 infant in your lap without purchasing a ticket if:
You'll need to purchase a ticket for your child when you:
Child Fares & Special Discounts
Travel Within U.S.
Delta does not offer discounted infant and child fares within the U.S.
Travel Between Countries
You may find discounted child fares 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.2
For assistance with your discounted child fare or infant ticket please call Delta Reservations Office. For infant tickets please have your confirmation code available or allow extra time and purchase at the airport.
1Number of Infants per Adult: A limit of two infants, less than two years old, per adult may travel together.
2International 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.
Traveling alone can be an exciting, adventurous experience for a young person. When it's time for your child to travel alone, Delta is glad to offer guidance and assistance. It's our goal to provide safe, reliable and comfortable travel for all of our travelers, especially for young, solo ones. The Unaccompanied Minor Program offers your child added safety and provides a reliable and comfortable process.
Quick Facts About Children Traveling Alone
Travel Permitted / Not Permitted
4 years of age and younger
May not travel alone (must be accompanied by a passenger at least 18 years of age)
May travel on nonstop flights only
May travel on nonstop and connecting flights only
15-17 (who have opted to travel as an Unaccompanied Minor)
May travel on nonstop and connecting flights only
The Unaccompanied Minor Program requires a fee of $150 USD/CAD/EUR each way (CAD/EUR currency is used when departing Canada and Europe). This fee applies to both Domestic and International Travel (nonstop and/or connecting) and is in addition to the ticketed adult fare.
To book a reservation for an unaccompanied minor, you must contact Reservations to ensure that the travel is correctly documented. If you booked online or used a travel agency, please call 800-221-1212 to speak to an agent.
Keep carry-on baggage to a minimum, and attach ID and contact information on or inside carry-on and checked baggage.
Entertainment and Food
Most flights do not offer meal service, so pack food for the flight, as well as books, games and other entertainment.
Explain flight procedures to your child: kids traveling alone should speak only to Delta Air Lines agents if they need help or have questions. And they should never leave the airport, the gate area or the aircraft unless accompanied by a Delta Air Lines representative wearing a badge. Be sure to let our gate agents know if your child has any special needs so we can ensure a safe, secure and uneventful flight. If there is a change to your child’s itinerary en route, an agent will contact you.
Provide Important Information
The person making the booking will choose a 4 digit numerical PIN configuration of their choosing that will be required to make any future changes to the required Unaccompanied Minor contact information.
In case the PIN is forgotten, please contact Delta Reservations at 800-325-8847.
The PIN can be used to access the Unaccompanied Minor reservation on delta.com to make updates to the following information:
An adult (18 years of age or older) must accompany the unaccompanied minor at check in.
You may not be permitted to walk your unaccompanied minor to the boarding gate at some airports outside the United States. Upon check in, verify with the Delta agent where parents/guardians can wait for flight status; parents/guardians must remain at the airport until the flight is airborne.
Note: If the unaccompanied minor arrives at the counter alone, the Delta agent will not be permitted to complete check in. A parent/guardian will be contacted to return to the airport before the check-in process may begin.
The following information is required from the accompanying adult at check-in:
After the check-in information is verified, the unaccompanied minor fee will be charged, along with any additional fees for checked baggage. The accompanying adult will be advised of the following important information:
After reviewing these program rules, the accompanying adult will be required to sign a document stating all the information provided is understood and correct.
To complete the check-in process for an unaccompanied minor, the Delta agent will:
Upon arrival at the gate, unaccompanied minors should check in with the gate agent and be prepared to board the aircraft at the beginning of the boarding process.
Note: The accompanying adult must be present at the time of boarding for the child to be permitted to board the aircraft. Once the plane is off the ground, the accompanying adult will be permitted to leave the gate area. This precaution ensures that the unaccompanied minor is escorted at all times.
Delta implemented new barcoded wristbands that will be scanned at important points of our Unaccompanied Minor's journey. Scan events support Delta's Unaccompanied Minors policy and are part of a larger effort that will eventually allow customers to have added visibility to their minors location while traveling with Delta.
The Delta Sky Zone is a secure area where unaccompanied children can wait for connecting flights, use complimentary phones to contact parents/guardians and take advantage of entertainment and activities like books, TV, games and toys. Staffed by Delta Air Lines employees to ensure children feel secure and comfortable, the Delta Sky Zone is located in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York-JFK, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.
A Delta Air Lines employee will take your child on board before general boarding begins. This allows time to:
No. You will be asked to say goodbye in the terminal area because access is restricted to ticketed passengers only. We do ask, however, that you stay in the gate area until the child's plane takes off in the event the flight returns to the gate.
A badged employee will meet your child's arriving flight.
If we have any indication that your child(s) flight may not operate as scheduled, we'll advise you and suggest that you book travel for another day. If the delay or cancellation occurs en route, Delta employees will:
Under very rare circumstances, an overnight may be required (e.g. a major snowstorm). In these situations, we will provide overnight and meal accommodations for your child. And a Delta employee(s) will provide supervision to ensure your child's safety during an overnight stay. You will be contacted with pertinent information if this unusual circumstance occurs.
For the safety and comfort of all passengers, infants and small children must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or someone who is at least 18 years old — and the accompanying adult and child must travel in the same cabin. For children under the age of two, we recommend you purchase a seat on the aircraft and use an approved child safety seat.
If you're traveling with a newborn, Delta and Delta Connection® Carrier flights require an approval letter from a physician that states it’s appropriate for the newborn to fly. The following infant age restrictions apply to all Delta and Connection Carrier flights:
Less than 7 days
Letter of approval from physician
We want you and your children to have the safest, most comfortable flight possible. For kids under the age of two, we recommend you purchase a seat on the aircraft and use an approved child safety seat.
If you decide to use a child safety seat aboard the airplane, there are a few restrictions and guidelines you'll need to follow.
Aboard the Aircraft
Where to Sit with a Child Restraint
The window seat is the preferred location for an approved child restraint system (car seat). Other locations may be acceptable provided the child restraint system (car seat) is not installed between other passengers and the aisle. An accompanying adult must sit next to the child. More than one child restraint system (car seat) may be in use in the same row and section of seats. When using a child safety seat, don’t select seats in the following areas:
*Child Safety Seats are not permitted in this area since the airbag seat belt cannot be deactivated.
Takeoff and Landing
An adult (18 years or older) may hold an infant or place the infant in a FAA-approved child restraint during take off and landing. Booster-type car seats are not permitted for use during taxi, takeoff and landing.
Child Restraints & Adults' Responsibilities
Delta flight attendants will check with accompanying adults to ensure that children are properly secured in their safety seats and in the aircraft seat. The accompanying adult, however, has the following responsibilities when using a child restraint during take off and landing:
Approved Child Restraints
All child restraints include labeling that indicates their compliance with safety requirements.
Restraints that meet the qualifications and labeling below are approved for use on Delta flights.
Restraints manufactured within the U.S. after 2/25/85 with the following labels:
Restraints manufactured within the U.S. between 1/1/81 and 2/25/85 with the following label:
Restraints manufactured outside the U.S. with the following labels:
Restraints that are not permitted:
For children under the age of two, we recommend you purchase a seat on the aircraft and use an approved child safety seat. Here are some other helpful tips for traveling with your infant or toddler:
Infant in Arms
Infants and children less than 2 years old may travel for free within the U.S. if an adult (18 years or older) holds the infant in arms or places the infant in an FAA-approved child restraint during take off and landing. Visit our Child Fares section to find out additional requirements and pricing information for infant travel.
Delta fully supports a woman’s right to breast-feed on board Delta and Delta Connection aircraft and in Delta facilities. Breast pumps are allowed on board.
Booking Your Trip
When traveling with an infant or toddler, you may find it helpful to allow a little extra time between flights to take rest or bathroom breaks along the way. Our Airport Maps can help you plan your layovers before you even reach the airport.
If your travel destination requires a passport and/or travel visas, you will need a passport for your child, too. Learn how to submit a passport application for newborns and infants by visiting the U.S. Department of State’s Special Requirements for Children.
If your child is traveling as an Infant in Arms, your boarding pass will include a designation of Infant in Arms to alert the flight crew. After purchasing your ticket, and prior to arrival at the airport, you may view or change your seat assignment. Due to FAA regulations, travel with an infant restricts your ability to occupy some seats aboard the plane. To make sure that both you and your child are safe and comfortable during travel, read Infant and Child Seating and Aircraft Types and Layout for more details.
Review our Infant & Children's Items guidelines for specific details on carry-on items, including child restraint seats, strollers and diaper bags. During security check in, the TSA will usually make a special provision for items like medications, breast milk and baby formula. Check out the Traveling with Kids section of the TSA website for information and helpful videos about travel with infants and carry-on baggage restrictions.
We try to make traveling with kids as easy and convenient as possible. So before you head out to the airport with your little ones, find out how much of your child's baggage you can bring onboard the plane with you and what items can be checked.
Children’s Baggage Allowance
Children’s baggage allowances are based on the fare paid for their travel.
Unticketed Infant / Child
No baggage allowance; baggage is included in accompanying adult’s allowance
Ticketed Infant/Child, international, 10% of adult fare
1 checked bag up to 20 lbs. (10kg) with maximum outside dimension of 45 inches (length + width + height), plus 1 checked, fully-collapsible stroller or push-chair
Ticketed Infant/Child, 50% of adult fare
Standard adult baggage allowance
Strollers, Child Restraint Seats & Other Infant Items
Children’s strollers and seat restraints are not counted as part of the standard baggage and therefore can easily be checked for free. For your convenience these items may be checked at curbside, the ticket counter, or at the gate.
Child restraint seats may be brought on board the plane in certain circumstances. For instance, if there is an open passenger seat in your row, you may place your child in an FAA-approved child restraint in that seat during take-off and landing. If an empty passenger seat is not available for your child restraint, the item must be checked at the gate by a Delta representative.
In addition to the one bag carry-on allowance, you may bring a booster seat, other infant seat or bassinet onto the plane as an additional free item (subject to carry-on size restrictions). If you carry on an infant seat or bassinet, it must be secured tightly by a seatbelt to be stored on an aircraft seat.
Any passenger under 18 travelling alone to Mexico must have a notarized letter with authorization from a parent and translated in Spanish, otherwise they will be refused entry.
Passengers traveling with minors (including unaccompanied minors under the age of 18), will be required to present additional documentation in order to enter or depart the Republic of South Africa (S.A.)
The new regulation applies to minor travel if:
1. Both parents are traveling with the minor – Requirement
2. One parent is traveling with a minor - Requirement
A. Affidavit consent from the parent (non-traveling parent) listed in the birth certificate - authorizing
minor to enter or depart from S.A.
B. For a sole parent or legal guardian: a court order that indicates full parental responsibilities/rights
and legal guardianship
C. Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent who is registered as the parent on the
3. Persons traveling with a child who is not their biological child - Requirement
4. Unaccompanied minors - Requirement