Children's Travel

 

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.

GUIDELINES FOR KIDS

Children's Fares & Ticketing

Ticketing Requirements

No Ticket Required

You may travel with one1 infant in your lap without purchasing a ticket if:

  • the infant is less than two years old, and
  • you are at least 18 years old or the infant's legal guardian, and
  • your travel is within the U.S.2

Ticket Required
You'll need to purchase a ticket for your child when you:

  • have a child that is age two or older
  • have a child that turns age two during a trip — a reserved seat and ticket are required for the entire journey
  • prefer the child to sit in a seat with an approved restraint
  • have a second child, regardless of age and you already have a child who will be sitting in your lap1
  • want your child to earn miles for a SkyMiles account
  • will be traveling between countries, regardless of whether or not the child occupies a seat

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.

 

Children Traveling Alone

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     

  • A parent or designated accompanying adult must take the unaccompanied minor to the departure gate and remain until the flight has left the ground.
  • Changes in Designated Adult assigned to pick up minor can only be made by calling 800-221-1212; changes cannot be made at the airport.
  • If the minor is connecting though another city, the child will be assisted by a Delta or business partner employee.
  • A parent or accompanying adult should report to the destination airport one hour before scheduled arrival to obtain a gate pass.
  • A valid ID must be presented before the minor will be released.
  • For questions or concerns, please contact Delta Air Lines at 800-221-1212.

Unaccompanied Minor Program

Program Rules

Program Fee

Travel Tips for Parents

Check-in Requirements

Boarding Gate Procedures

Delta Sky Zone

Children Traveling alone FAQs

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT'S TIME FOR MY CHILD TO BOARD THE AIRCRAFT?

CAN I BOARD THE AIRCRAFT WITH MY CHILD?

WHO WILL TRANSFER MY CHILD FROM FLIGHT TO FLIGHT?

WHAT HAPPENS IF ONE OF MY CHILD'S FLIGHTS IS DELAYED AND/OR CANCELLED?

WHAT IF I DECLINE THE UNACCOMPANIED MINOR SERVICE FOR MY 15 TO 17 YEAR OLD?

Infant Age Restrictions

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:

 

Airline

Infant Age

Requirements/Restrictions

 

Delta

Less than 7 days

Letter of approval from physician

Endeavor Air®

Less than 7 days

Letter of approval from physician

SkyWest®

Less than 8 days

Infant cannot travel on flight

Infant & Child Seating

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:         

  • Aisle seats
  • Emergency exit rows
  • Any seat one row forward or one row back from an emergency exit row
  • Bulkhead seats when the safety seat is a combination car seat and stroller
  • Flat bed seats in the BusinessElite area of a Boeing 777 aircraft*

*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:      

  • Ensure that the child restraint seat meets FAA guidelines (See guidelines below.)
  • Ensure that the child restraint seat functions properly and is free of obvious defects
  • Secure the child according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Ensure the child does not exceed the restraint's weight limit
  • Ensure the child restraint is secured to the aircraft seat using the aircraft seat's safety belt

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:     

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

Restraints manufactured within the U.S. between 1/1/81 and 2/25/85 with the following label:    

  • Conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle standards

Restraints manufactured outside the U.S. with the following labels:       

  • Has the approval of a foreign government
  • Was manufactured under standards of the United Nations

Restraints that are not permitted:       

  • 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
 

Infant Travel

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.

Breast-feeding
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.

International Flights
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.

Seat Assignments
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.

Infant Baggage
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.

Infant & Children’s Items

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.

Traveling to Mexico

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.

Bassinets

  • Onboard bassinets, also known as SkyCots, are available free of charge on equipped aircraft for some international flights. SkyCots can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed.
  • Infants must weigh 20 pounds or less and be no longer than 26 inches in length.
  • There is a limit of two SkyCots per aircraft.
  • SkyCots may be subject to weight restrictions. Advise customer to inquire at boarding gate as limits vary according to type of SkyCot.
  • Infants must be held during takeoff and landing.

SkyCots are:

  • Wall mounted at bulkhead seats.
  • Made of vinyl and net.
  • 28L x 14W x 8 H (in inches).

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