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We all know that traveling with children or infants is an adventurous task. And at the same time demands lots of attention and caution. This article gives the answers to your questions about traveling with lap infants, carrying car seats and strollers in the cabin and their liquid limitations for baby formula, breast milk, juice, and other liquids. This writes up will give you the guidelines when you traveling with infants and children on Alaska Airlines.



Traveling with infants (lap infants) on Alaska Airlines:

Alaska Airlines will transport your child’s car seat and stroller free of charge as checked baggage.

Any child under the age of 2 years (24 months) is an infant and needs not to buy any ticket on airlines. The baby has to be in the lap of an adult, who is at least 16 years or old. One adult can travel with one infant with no tickets. In case, the passenger has to travel with two or more infants, he has to book tickets for them. The adult must notify in prior to the reservation desk, that he or she is traveling with an infant. This is a must process, as only particular seats are allocated for the infants in the aircraft.

Likewise, there is no separate baggage allowance applicable to lap infants. The diaper bag is also countable towards the adult’s carry on baggage provisions.

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Traveling with children( 2 years and above) on Alaska Airlines:

Children completing 2 years (attained 2nd birthday) has to book a separate seat to travel. And also should use a child restraint to fasten during the journey. The child restraint system recommended by TSA, FAA and the particular airlines only allowable. Children traveling with tickets are eligible to carry-on baggage allowance as adults. Whereas checked baggage is chargeable on general terms of the airline.

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Unaccompanied Children traveling alone on Alaska Airlines:

Minors not accompanied by adults can find Alaska Airlines amazingly reliable. They provide the utmost care and ensure supervision at all times. Alaska Airlines gives a unique identification number for the children traveling alone, which they have to wear until their journey completes. Also, they provide a complimentary meal for children whose travel time is more than 2 hours and an entertainment tablet to use during the flight.

Unaccompanied minor service fees can be paid during web check-in, at a check-in kiosk, or at any Alaska Airlines airport ticket counter. US $50 / CAD each way per child on nonstop or direct flights and US $75/ CAD each way per child on connecting flights. If a child’s itinerary includes non-Alaska Airlines flights, please check with that airline directly regarding their policies, fees, and age limits.

Unaccompanied minor service fees are waived for children who have attained MVP®, MVP® Gold, or Gold 75 K Mileage Plan™ status.

for more information on children traveling alone on Alaska Airlines here

TSA security screening for Infants and children:

Infants and children must also get security clearance at the security checkpoint just like others.

Carrying Baby Formula, Breast Milk, and Juice in flight:

In reasonable quantities, through the security checkpoint the breast milk, baby formula, and juice for infants or toddlers are permissible.  Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screen separately from the rest of your belongings.

Inform the security officer at the beginning of the screening process that you carry formula, breast milk, and juice in excess of 3. 4 ounces in your carry-on bag. These liquids are typically screened by X-ray.

3-1-1 Liquids Rule Exemption

Baby formula, breast milk, juice in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters are allowable in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screen separately from the rest of your belongings. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.

Latest TSA Liquid policy can be found here

General Guidelines to travel with children in flight:

To keep infants and children comfortable during travel, we recommend bringing small comfort items in your carry-on bags, such as small snacks, a security blanket, a favorite pillow, small toys, and small electronic devices. Everyone must go through the security checkpoint, including infants and children. We will transport your child’s car seat and stroller free of charge as checked baggage. You can check these items with your other baggage, or wait until you reach the gate area.

for more and updated information on Alaska Airlines traveling with kids policy 2020-2021 here

Have a wonderful journey with your kids on the flight by knowing above Traveling with infants and children on Alaska Airlines, know the 3-1-1 liquid policies that you can carry on with you in the cabin, car seat requirements.

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Babies Flying on a Parent's Lap on Alaska Airlines

Infants under 2 years old may fly on a parent's lap free of charge on Alaska Airlines - please keep in mind that you will still need to make a reservation for your baby to fly, even when flying on your lap.  Some taxes and fees may apply for babies flying on your lap when flying internationally.  

FAA regulations state that all children 2 years old or older must fly in their own assigned seat, so if your baby turns 2 years old during your trip, you will have to purchase a seat for them for the return leg of the trip. Alaska Airlines may ask for proof of age, such as a birth certificate, passport, or other document when checking-in when flying with a lap infant.

Adding an Infant on Lap to your Alaska Airlines reservation

To add your baby as a lap infant to your Alaska Airlines reservation, please call 1-800-252-7522, and have your confirmation code ready.

A maximum of one infant per adult is allowed to fly on an adult's lap.  If you are flying with more than one infant per adult, you will need to purchase an individual seat for the other infant.

Because of oxygen mask availability, some limitations regarding seat assignments may apply when flying with a lap infant.  This includes:

Alaska Airlines Flights 1-1999: Maximum 1 Lap Infant per Row

Alaska Airlines Flights 2000-2999: Maximum 2 Lap Infants per Row (1 on each side of aisle) in rows 3-20.

Alaska Airlines Flights 3300-3499: Maximum 1 Lap Infant per Row, on right side of plane only

Lap infants are not allowed in exit rows, or in the row immediately in front of or behind an exit row.

Minimum Age for Baby to Fly on Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines does not set a minimum age for your infant to fly, but they do recommend consulting with a doctor when in doubt whether your child is old enough to fly.  As a guideline, most other airlines require infants be at least between 7-14 days old before flying, unless they have a doctor's note specifically allowing them to fly.

Purchasing a Ticket for a Child on Alaska Airlines

All children 2 years of age or older must fly in their own individual seat.  Your baby may fly on your lap until their 2nd birthday, but if you wish you may also purchase a regular ticket for your baby to fly in. 

For your child to fly in their own seat, you will need to purchase a regular adult fare ticket for yoru child to fly.

You will need to provide their own FAA-approved car seat to fly in - in order to use your child's car seat on the plane, it must be labeled with both "This restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards", and "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft" (in red lettering).   

Family Seating on Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will try to seat families together whenever possible.  You may choose your seats together as a family when booking your flight, but if you cannot find seats the work for you, please contact Alaska Airlines reservations and they will help get you seated together, with at least one adult seated beside any child younger than 13 years old.

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Your rights when flying with children

Are you planning to travel with children in the near future? We know that even just getting the whole family on board the plane without incident is already a daunting task.

Flying is always stressful, and any parent will tell you that with a crying, tired baby in your arms, your stress level increases exponentially. Add to that a flight delay or cancellation, and you're in for a hell of a day! Pushing through the crowd with a stroller, luggage on one side and a diaper bag on the other, you wait for hours to board your flight and do your best to comfort your child - a nightmare! nine0003

Fortunately, as a family, you have additional rights that you can use when flying. We will help you understand them and answer the most common questions of parents traveling with children.

  1. At what age are children allowed to fly?
  2. Can I sit next to my child on an airplane?
  3. Can I take baby food and milk on board?
  4. Can I take a child car seat and stroller?

What to do when the flight schedule is disrupted?

  1. Is the child entitled to compensation?
  2. What compensation is a child entitled to?
  3. Can the whole family get food and drinks in the event of a flight delay?
  4. Will the airline provide accommodation for the whole family in the event of a flight delay?

To make flying with kids a little easier, it's important to know what rights you have, including when your trip doesn't go according to plan. Here are some important points to remember:

Your rights when flying with newborns

Infants are allowed, but the minimum age varies by airline.

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A question parents often ask is are there any restrictions on flying with small children? While there are airlines that allow newborns under 2 days old to fly, most airlines still only allow infants that are at least 14 days old to fly. nine0003

For example, American Airlines allows children aged 2 days and older to travel, but only if the parent provides a medical certificate before boarding. Other airlines, such as Ryanair, set a minimum age of 7 days and anyone younger than that is not allowed to fly. Always check these requirements with the airline if you plan to fly with a very young child.

Regardless of your child's age, you will need to provide proof of identification. Some airlines accept birth certificates for domestic flights, including Alaska Air and United Airlines. nine0003

However, most airlines require you to provide a passport for your child, even on domestic flights. For international flights, children's passports are required. Before purchasing a ticket for a child, be sure to check the airline's requirements and ensure that you have enough time to obtain a valid ID for your child.

You have the right to sit with your child during the flight.

You might think that sitting on an airplane with your young children is standard practice. But at present there is no law in Europe that would oblige airlines to comply with this rule. However, in most cases, parents can still babysit their children at no additional cost. nine0003

If you are traveling with an infant and have not booked seats on the aircraft, you are usually allowed to board ahead of other passengers and select seats. But some low cost airlines have special accommodation rules. For example, Ryanair requires at least one adult to pay for a reserved seat, then they will provide free seats for your children next to you. Otherwise, the seats will be randomly assigned to you, and there is no guarantee that they will be next to each other. nine0003

For slightly older children, at least in the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) suggests seating children no further than one row from the accompanying parent. Be sure to check with the airline in advance if they have a seating policy for children.

In the US, for example, there are laws that give families the right to sit together without any additional fees. Under the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016, all children under the age of 13 must be seated next to their parents or accompanying adults. nine0003

Baby food and milk are not subject to liquid restrictions.

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While liquids are often restricted on board aircraft, baby food and milk are not. If you are traveling with a child under the age of 2, you are allowed to bring in as much food as you need for the trip. This includes baby food, milk, fruit juices and distilled water.

You can take your child car seat and pushchair with you. nine0039

You can carry a car seat and stroller for your child without additional fees. With a stroller, you can go all the way to the boarding gate, after which the airline staff will pick up the stroller from you before entering the cabin and return it after landing.

But car seats can not only be transported on an airplane, but also taken on board. It's safer and more comfortable for the baby than sitting on your lap for the entire flight. However, if you still want to bring a car seat with you, you will have to buy an additional plane ticket for the child. This often means that you will have to pay for a full fare ticket instead of a child ticket, as your child will take up an entire seat. To avoid confusion, be sure to inform the airline in advance that you are taking a car seat with you. nine0003

Your rights when travel doesn't go according to plan

If you ever find yourself stranded at an airport with a restless child, remember that there are laws in place to protect you and your child's rights during a flight.

Here's what you need to know about the rights of passengers with children when the trip doesn't go according to plan:

When you travel with children, they are also entitled to flight compensation. Photo by Ibrahim Rifath, Unsplash

When you fly with a small child, it is important to remember that they are also entitled to compensation in the event of a flight delay or cancellation. nine0003

Everything is very clear when you fly with children aged 2 and over. You pay for their seat, so they also deserve compensation in case of a flight schedule disruption.

But what about flying with a baby on your lap? Babies often travel on their parents' laps for less pay - should they be compensated? When traveling with a child under the age of 2, most airlines charge between 10% and 15% of the standard adult fare, plus taxes and child seat belt surcharges. nine0003

For years, airlines have refused to compensate infants, arguing that because they do not occupy a seat, they are not entitled to compensation.

This situation changed in 2017 when AirHelp won a lawsuit against Thomas Cook Airlines, setting a new precedent in the EU.

Now, if you pay any airfare fee for your child and your flight is significantly delayed or canceled by law, your child is entitled to compensation from the airline. nine0003

You can find out more about the rights of air passengers here.

Your child is entitled to the same benefit as an adult.

Even if your child's plane ticket is only a fraction of the full fare, they are still entitled to the full refund. The amount of compensation you are entitled to depends on whether your booking is confirmed and paid for, as well as on the distance of the flight and the length of the delay - NOT on the amount you paid for the ticket. nine0003

The only exception is if your child is flying for free. If you did not have to pay for any fees or airfare, you are not entitled to a refund.

You can learn more about how compensation is calculated here.

Your entire family is eligible for food and drink.

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If you're stuck at the airport waiting for your flight, the airline should provide you with food and refreshments - the whole family, including the kids! Some airlines may offer vouchers or refund you for any food and essentials you purchased while waiting to board your flight. nine0003

The law governs the cases that entitle you to the provision of food and drink - it all depends on the duration of your flight. You can find more detailed information here.

Your family is entitled to free accommodation and airport transfers.

During long flight delays or cancellations where you need a place to sleep, the airline must provide you and your family with free accommodation and free transfers to and from the airport. You must be placed in a hotel room or rooms large enough to accommodate your entire family. nine0003

Know your rights!

Flying with young children is not an easy task, but if you know your rights, you can save yourself a lot of potential problems. Always remember that your children are also air passengers and therefore have the same rights as adults. AirHelp is here to help you learn about your rights and enforce them!

Flights are sometimes delayed, but you don't have to put up with it. If you have suffered a flight delay, cancellation or overbooking in the past 3 years, you may be entitled to compensation up to €600. nine0020

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Airlines for minors without accompaniment: Twal, Minimum age

International flights: AUD $40 /child - Jet com €150 /child
(connecting flights)
Restrictions Included How to book Minimum age
Aegan Airlines 5-11 years old Domestic flights: €10
International flights to/from Greece: €40
International flights: €10
Domestic flights: €20 Greece: € 60
International flights: € 80
- - Phone , it is required to fill out the form, detailed information from AEGAN AIRLINES years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years 12 years old 12 years old 12 years 12 years old 12 years old 12 years old 12 years old 12 years old 12 years old 12 years old 120172 /child €50 /child - 1 hour transfer to Paris-Orly / 2 hours 30 minutes to Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Dedicated relaxation area with toys, books, comfortable seats and entertainment screens.

Meals: Yes (flight time > 2 hours 30 minutes)
4-8: baby food
9-17: adult food

Phone , Online, Form required, Detailed information from Air France Not allowed Only available for direct flights Meals: International flights: yes
Trans-Tasman/Oceania flights: no
Online, details from Air6 New Zealand 12 years old
Alaska Airlines 5-17 years old $ 50 /child $ 75 /Polish
, no in stock of
, Idaho (SUN), from 1.12 to 1.04. nine0151 The journey cannot start from 21.00 to 05.00. Entertainment tablets.

Meals: Yes (flight time > 2 hours)

Phone , Form required, Details from Alaska Airlines 13 years old
Alitalia Italy flights: Italy within 5-14 years €60 /child
International medium haul flights: €75 /child
International long haul flights:
Maximum transit time: 4 hours.
If the transfer takes place in Dubai, the maximum transit time is 8 hours.
Dedicated seating area with toys, books, comfortable seating and entertainment screens.

Power: Yes

Phone , detailed information from Emirates 12 years
Etihad 5-17 years old 5-11: Free
$100 /child
5-11: free but charged adult fare 12-17: $150 /child Maximum transit time: 8 hours
Not available on partner flights.
Activity packages available.
Dedicated seating area with toys, books, comfortable seating and entertainment screens.
Phone , Form required, Details from Etihad 12 years old
Eurowings 5-11 years old Internal flights: € 50 / child
Flights from Germany to Zurich or Vienna: € 50 / child
- - - - - - - , Form required, Detailed information from Eurowings 12 years old
Finnair 5-17 years old Flights within Finland, Scandinavia and the Baltic States: €40 / child
Flights within Europe and the Middle East: € 60 /A child
Intercontinental flights: € 120 /A child
at the same price
is charged at segment
Power supply: Yes, yes Putation. fill out the form, Detailed information from Finnair 12 years old
(except for flights from / to the USA, in the case of 15 year olds)
Flybe - - - 0166 Only on Icelandair flights, not possible if connecting with other airlines.
Cannot be booked for some transit stops.
Private Lounges

Meals: 2-11: Kids Meal + Drink
12-15: Economy Menu

Phone , Form Required, Details from Icelandair 12 years
- - - Flight from a European airport via Amsterdam Schiphol airport to another European airport: €200
Flight from a European airport via Amsterdam Schiphol airport to an intercontinental airport (or vice versa): €250
Flight from an intercontinental airport via Amsterdam Schiphol airport to another intercontinental airport: €250
KLM flight between 2 airports except Amsterdam Schiphol airport: €100
Traveling from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport via a US destination to another intercontinental airport: €250
Transfers for KLM, Air France and Delta Air Lines flights only. Dedicated seating area with toys, books, comfortable seating and entertainment screens. Phone , Form required, Detailed information from KLM 15 years
Lufthansa 5-17 years German or European leg: €60 / child
Intercontinental leg: €100 / child
Same price
Charged per segment
- Dedicated check-in desks
Dedicated seating area with toys, books, comfortable seating and entertainment screens.
Phone , Form required, Lufthansa details 12 years old
Norwegian Air 5-15 years 65 USD /child Same price Service not available to/from Argentina, Brazil, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Caribbean countries (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Croix), Canada, French Guiana, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Morocco, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and USA.

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