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Infants & children

US Airways defines an infant as a child less than 2 years (24 months) of age. Infants less than 2 years of age must be accompanied on all flights and in the same compartment with an adult at least 16 years of age of by the infant's parent (regardless of age). We recommend that you travel with a birth certificate for children between the ages of 1 and 2. If you’re traveling with an infant, you can travel with the child on your lap, or reserve a seat.

Lap children: On flights within the U.S., US Airways will accept one lap child without charge when traveling with a paying ticketed passenger age 16 or older. On International flights, lap children may have to pay 10 percent of the adult fare and any surcharges, may require a paper ticket and are subject to international taxes. Unaccompanied minors may only travel with a lap child if it is their own child.

Reserved seating: If you want your infant to travel in his or her own seat, you must buy a ticket. Also, you must provide a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Child Restraint System (CRS).

Car Seats

Acceptable car seats:

  • Manufactured between January 1, 1981 and February 1985 must bear the label: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards."
  • Manufactured after February 26, 1985 must bear two labels, stating: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards;" and "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft," in red letters.
  • Manufactured outside of the U.S. must bear a label of approval of a foreign government or a label showing the seat was manufactured under the standards of the United Nations.

Unacceptable restraint systems:

  • Unlabeled child safety seats or safety seats manufactured before January 1981.
  • Vest and harness type child restrains or belly belts.
  • Booster-type child restraint systems cannot be used during taxi, takeoff or landing.


  • Passengers must present a ticket to the customer service representative during the boarding process for themselves and the child using the restrain system.
  • The child restraint system may not occupy an exit row, the row forward or behind an exit row over the wing, aisle seats or middle seats. If two children are in restraint seats, they may be placed in the middle and window seat, as long as the person traveling with the children is seated in the aisle.
  • During taxi, takeoff, landing and whenever the “fasten seatbelt” sign is illuminated, the child must occupy their child seat and have all harnesses properly fastened.
  • A safety seat is not allowed as carry-on baggage. If a seat is not purchased and there is an available seat beside the parent/guardian, the safety seat may be used. Otherwise, the safety seat must be checked.
  • A safety seat may face backwards if the infant weighs less than 20 pounds. For infants weighing between 20 and 40 pounds, the safety seat must face forward.
  • Children over the age of two may occupy an approved forward-facing safety seat provided the child weighs no more than 40 pounds.