Take a Delta Air Lines flight: Even babies can travel on American company planes
American society is always ready to take you and your loved ones wherever you are. At Delta Air Lines, infants and children under the age of two can ride on an adult’s lap to get free (in the country) or even buy a ticket and also use their own chair on the plane.
Due to FAA safety requirements, an adult passenger can simply pick up an infant on their lap. If an adult passenger is traveling with two infants, a seat must be reserved for the other infant. Infants who need to travel in a seat on domestic flights need a ticket and pay the appropriate fare.
Age restrictions for children and infants
Child age at time of unaccompanied travel
|Travel Permitted/Not Permitted|
|Under 7 Days (NewBorn)||
May not travel unless accompanied by an approval letter from a physician that gives permission for newborn to fly
My travel with a parent, legal guardian or adult over 18 years-old in the lap of an adult (infant-in-arms) or an FAA-approved child safety seat
Baby in arms or on knees: Pay or not for a reservation?
If you are traveling with a child under the age of two, you can leave them on your lap or in your arms. Otherwise, you can travel with your child in an FAA approved child safety seat. To use an FAA approved safety chair, you must purchase a ticket for the child so that they have a reserved seat.
Infant-in-arms (Child in lap)
|Free within the united states, must notify Delta so they can list your child on ticket.||
Generally, 10% of adult fare + international taxes or fees must notify Delta so they can list your child on ticket.
|Seated (Child in separate seat)||Must pay for seat and bring FAA-approved child safety seat for child||
Must pay for seat and bring FAA-approved child safety seat for child
– Travel with a child aged two or over,
– Fly with a child, who will be two years old throughout the excursion,
– Prefer that the child is seated in a chair with the child seat approved by the FAA,
– You currently have a child who will be sitting on your lap, regardless of age,
– Would like your child to earn SkyMiles miles,
If you choose to use a safety seat for your child during the flight, you must reserve them and purchase their own plane ticket.
Where to sit if you plan to bring a safety seat for your child in the cabin?
The window seat would be your ideal place to place a child safety seat. Other locations might be suitable as long as the chair is not installed between other passengers with the aisle. An accompanying adult must sit near the child. More than one car seat could potentially be used in the same row.
An adult (18 years of age or older) can hold an infant in their arms or place the infant in an FAA approved infant device in their chair during take-off and landing. Booster type car seats cannot be used during taxi, take-off and landing.
Child safety seats and adult responsibilities
Delta flight attendants will perform tests with adults to ensure children are properly restrained to their own safety seat as well as to the aircraft seat. The adult concerned, however, has the following duties when using a child safety seat during take-off and landing:
– Make sure the child seat meets FAA guidelines
– Make sure that it is completely free from obvious defects.
– Make sure the child does not exceed the height and weight limit of the seat.
– Make sure it is properly secured to the aircraft seat.
Skycops cribs are available on most Delta Airlines flights
For a number of the smaller passengers on several global flights, the US company provides baby cribs on board. They are great for infants weighing up to 20 pounds. Cribs on board, also known as SkyCots, can be used by passengers free of charge.
SkyCots can be claimed by calling Delta Customer Service prior to arriving at the airport and then speaking with the boarding agent, but cannot always be guaranteed due to a limitation of 2 SkyCots per aircraft as well as weight limitations.
Other important information to make your child travel comfortably by plane
For children under the age of 2, Delta recommends that you purchase a seat on the aircraft and use an approved child safety seat. Here are some other helpful tips for traveling with your baby or toddler:
Delta fully affirms the right of mothers to breastfeed on and on Delta Connection aircraft as well as at Delta facilities. Breast pumps are allowed on board. In the airport and if you prefer, most airports offer personal lactation spaces or rooms. Ask a Delta Partner if you need help locating one at an airport.
– Organize your stopovers well
When traveling with a baby or toddler, you may find it beneficial to allow a little extra time between flights to rest or take bathroom breaks on the road. Airport maps can help you organize your layovers before you arrive at the airport. If your travel destination requires a passport or travel visas, you will need a passport for the child and possibly additional documents. To review the documentation required in each country you visit or depart from, take a look at the United States Department’s special requirements for children.
You can consult specific details on hand luggage, such as child safety seats, blankets, …