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Child Fares & Ticketing



Whether or not your child needs a ticket, or even a seat, and how much it costs depends on where you're going, the number of kids, and their ages.

Ticketing Requirements



When a ticket is Not required



You can travel with one1 infant in your lap without a 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
  • When a ticket Is required
You'll need to purchase a ticket for your child when you:
  • Have a child that is age two or older.
  • Prefer the child to sit in a seat in order to travel in an approved restraint.
  • Have a second child, regardless of age, and you already have a child who will be sitting in your lap.
  • Want your child to earn miles in his SkyMiles account.
  • Will be traveling between countries regardless of whether or not the child occupies a seat.

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



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.

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.



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Infant Age Restrictions



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 you're traveling with a newborn, Delta and Delta Connection® Carrier flights do need an approval letter from a physician saying it's all right for the newborn to fly. The following infant age restrictions apply to all Delta and Connection Carrier flights:

Airline Infant Age Requirement or Restriction
Delta Less than 7 days Physician travel approval letter
Comair® Less than 12 days Physician travel approval letter
SkyWest® Less than 7 days Physician travel approval letter


Infant & Child Seating



We want to be sure your kids are safe. If you decide to use a child restraint aboard the airplane, there are certain safety restrictions and guidelines you'll need to observe.

Aboard the Aircraft



If the seat next to you remains unoccupied, you may place your infant in the seat using an FAA-approved child restraint. However, we can't guarantee that a seat will remain open. You will need to pay for the seat to be sure that it's available.

Where to Sit with a Child Restraint



When you're 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.

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.


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