No, a car seat is not generally considered a checked bag. It is considered a baby item (also sometimes called a “comfort item”). While that means it’s not part of your checked bag allowance, it also means that airlines have limited liability if your item is lost or damaged.
Do car seats count as checked baggage?
Children’s strollers and child safety seats are not counted as part of the standard baggage and therefore can be easily checked for free. For your convenience, these items may be checked at the curbside, the ticket counter or at the gate. Child safety seats may be brought on board the plane in certain circumstances.
Can I take a car seat as hand luggage?
Children older than 2 years of age and those traveling in their own car seats receive the same baggage allowance as adults. Infants under the age of 2 years who are held by an adult are not allowed any hand luggage. Other children who occupy a seat are entitled to the same baggage allowance as adults.
Can you check a carseat without a bag?
If you find yourself at the airport without a car seat bag, most airlines will offer heavy-duty plastic bags to use as a makeshift cover. Just like any other piece of baggage, make sure your car seat is marked clearly with your name and phone number or email address that can be used to reach you while you’re traveling.
Do you need to bring a car seat when traveling?
You need to fly with a car seat, even if you don’t have a seat for your baby. If you are gate checking a car seat, you need to carry it all the way to the gate. You might end up with your baby or toddler in your arms the entire time, even if you purchased a seat.
Can a child have a carry-on?
The carry-on is a vital part of making a plane ride run smoothly for you and your children. Most airlines allow one carry-on bag and one personal item for each passenger, so you can pack a small bag (or two in most cases) for each of your kids; however, children’s needs add a whole new dimension to the packing process.
How do I know if my car seat is airline approved?
Does it have an FAA Approved Car Seat Sticker – FAA approved infant car seats, and FAA approved toddler car seats MUST have a sticker affixed to them that reads “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft”. Ground staff and a flight attendant may check for this when you are boarding.
Does a 5 year old need a car seat on a plane?
Although they allow for children under 2 to sit on a parents lap, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) recommends for all young children to sit in a FAA approved car seat at all times during a flight.