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Flying With Young Children?

With many kids on spring break, April is a popular travel time for families. Flying can be stressful, and bringing kids with you can add to that, so how do you know your rights?

AirHelp, the world’s leading air passenger rights company, has the following insights into what parents should know before taking their young children or infants on a flight. Would you consider sharing these with your audience? I can also connect you with someone from AirHelp directly for additional tips; let me know what you think!

  • You are entitled to sit with your kids. In the U.S., the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2016 mandates that all children under the age of 13 must be seated adjacent to their parent or accompanying adult.

  • You can bring milk and food for your baby, and are not limited by liquid restrictions. If you are traveling with a child under 2, you are allowed to bring as much food as you need.

  • You can bring a stroller on your flight without incurring extra baggage costs. Strollers may be brought with you as far as the gate, where the flight crew will stow it for you before you are seated.

  • If your flight is delayed, the airline must provide you with accommodations that fit your whole family. During lengthy delays or cancellations where overnight accommodation is necessary, the airline must provide you and your family free accommodation as well as free transport to and from the airport.

  • You can bring your new infant with you. While there are airlines that allow newborns as young as 2 days old to fly, most airlines will only allow infants who are at least 14 days old to fly.

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