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Traveling with Infants and Toddlers

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Information You Should Know When Flying With an Infant or Toddler on Alaska Airlines

Age Restrictions

There is no minimum age for an infant traveling with an adult. Please check with your child's doctor to make sure your infant should be traveling via plane. Children are no longer considered infants on the day of their 2nd birthday.

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Car Seats

Infants traveling on a regular fare are strongly recommended to be secured in an appropriate child restraint system. Infants traveling as a lap infant (sharing seat with parent) may bring a child restraint seat on board if:
  1. there is an empty seat available for the infant and
  2. the car seat bears the following two required labels:
    This restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety conditions.

    This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.
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NOTE: Labels that indicate U.S. or Foreign Government approval or show the seat was manufactured under the standards of the United nations are also valid.)

In addition to the standard CRS mentioned above, children between 22 to 44 pounds and 40 inches are less may use an Aircraft Safety Device (ACSD) for added security. Currently the AmSafe CAReS Restraint is an approved ACSD if it bears a label that reads:

    14 CFR 21.302(d) APPROVED FOR

Use of the ACSD is the same as use of any approved CRS.

Any other child booster seats and other types of child restraints may not be used during take-off, landing, and surface movements regardless of what stamp/seal of approval these booster or harness devices carry.

The window seat is the preferred location for a child restraint system, although it may be placed in the middle seat if the window seat is vacant, or if the restraint system does not block access to the aisle. If you are uncertain, the Flight Attendant can assist in determining if middle seat is okay. For safety, a child restraint system must not be placed in the aisle seat. Child restraint systems are not permitted in the emergency exit rows or in the rows forward or aft of any exit row.

If the flight is full, the car seat will be checked at the gate using a claim-at-gate tag. The car seat will be returned to the passenger at the gate upon arrival.


A customer traveling with a lap infant may have one diaper bag in addition to the standard carry-on policy allowance. A seated (ticketed) infant would follow the standard carry-on policy allowance.

An adult traveling with a lap infant may check the infant's child restraint seat and/or stroller free of charge in addition to the regular baggage allowance. These items may be checked at the gate using a claim-at-gate tag if preferred.

Infant on Lap

Customers traveling with infants as lap infants may bring a child restraint car seat onboard if there is an empty seat available for the infant and the car seat is appropriately labeled (see Car Seats section above).

Lap infants are not eligible for meals.

As the lap infant will be sitting on the lap of the accompanying adult, seats cannot be reserved for the infant. Of course, the accompanying adult can pre-reserve his or her own seat. Only one lap infant is permitted on either side of the aisle in the same row.

How Many Infants

Each ticketed adult is allowed one infant as a free of charge lap infant.

Infant Seat Fare
Infant on Lap: Free*
Child/Infant Occupying Their Own Seat: Full Fare

Note: No taxes are applicable on domestic flights for lap infants. All standard taxes are applicable on infant seat fares. A $7 (USD) immigration fee is applicable when an infant is traveling as a lap infant from either Canada or Mexico.

* Lap infants traveling to an international destination (outside of North America) must be ticketed at 10% of the accompanying adult's fare. This does not guarantee them a seat. Infants can travel as lap infants for free (limit one lap infant per accompanying adult). If there is an empty seat available on that flight, the infant may occupy that seat for no extra charge.

Turning 2 on Trip

If a child turns two en route, a ticket must be purchased for all segments on which the child will be two.

SOURCE: Alaska Airlines Copyright 2008 Alaska Airlines. All rights reserved. Babies Travel Lite does not guarentee the accuracy of the information contained herein. Please visit to verify that the information is still current.

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