Air Canada Infants Policy

Do I need to reserve a seat for my infant?

Children under 2 years (24 months), are not required to have their own seat. You must, however, inform Air Canada that you will be traveling with an infant on your lap. Lap children can only be held by passengers who are at least 16 years of age.

Only one lap child is allowed per adult. If one adult is traveling with more than one infant under 2 years of age, a seat will have to be purchased for each additional infant.

You can also choose to purchase a seat for your infant as long as you have the proper child restraint device.

Will I pay for my infant to travel domestically?

A child under 2 years old (24 months) can travel for free within Canada and to/from the United States as long as the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.

Will I pay for my infant to travel internationally?

Yes, a child under 2 years old (24 months) is charged 10% of an adult fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.

What if my child turns 2 on the trip; will I have to buy a ticket for the return flight?

You may either purchase the full child's fare for the entire flight to be certain to have a confirmed seat for both ways or you can pay the infant fare for the departure, and the published full child's fare on the return.

What is the baggage allowance for my infant?

Infant baggage allowance:

  • Check with Air Canada for your checked baggage allowance.
  • Carry-on baggage: Normal carry-on baggage allowance applies to children and infants occupying a seat (see baggage section). If you are traveling with an infant on your lap, you may bring one standard carry-on bag not exceeding 22 lbs, in addition to the personal carry-on allowance.

What types of child restraint devices are allowed?

Country:Certification:Details:
United States
US FMVSS #213
or
Federal Aviation Authorities (FAA)
Manufactured after 26 February 1985; red sticker bearing text "This restraint is certified for use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft" and “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”

Manufactured before 1985; it must state “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”
Canada
Transport Canada
Must have the National Security Mark indicating standards: CMVSS 213 for a child restraint device or 213.1 for an infant restraint device  

If your device does not have the labels noted above, you will not be allowed to use it during take-off, landing, and surface movements. This includes booster seats and other types of harnesses. Foreign-bukt car seats must adhere to Transport Canada regulations. Click here for more information.

What infant amenities are available on the aircraft I'll be flying (i.e. bassinets, diaper changing tables)?

infant iconInfant amenities vary by aircraft. All of Air Canada’s aircraft (with the exception of Dash 8-300 and Dash-8 100) have diaper changing tables located in lavatories on board. Infants’ and children's meals are available only on International flights and in Executive Class within North America. Contact Air Canada for more information.

Can I sit in the exit row with my infant?

Federal Aviation Administration regulations state that no lap children or infant seats are allowed in an exit row and that all passengers in an exit row must be at least 15 years of age. In addition, infant seats are not allowed in the row directly in front of or directly behind an exit.

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