Delta Infants Policy

Do I need to reserve a seat for my infant?

Children up to 2 years old (24 months), are not required to have their own seat. You must, however, inform Delta Air Lines that you will be traveling with an infant on your lap. Lap children can only be held by passengers who are at least 12 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. Delta offers these seats at discounted fares.

Will I pay for my infant to travel domestically?

A child under 2 years old (24 months) can travel for free 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 7 days- 2 years old (24 months) is usually 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?

Yes, a ticket will have to be purchased for any flight on which the infant will be over 2 years old.

What types of child restraint devices are allowed?

All child restraints have labeling that shows whether or not the restraint meets certain safety requirements. Approved restraints will have a label that has a circle surrounding the letter "e" followed by the distinguishing number granting approval, and will indicate the seat's category and mass group.

Labeling Specifics:

If a restraint was manufactured within the U.S. between January 1, 1981 and February 25, 1985, it needs to have the following labeling to be approved for Delta flights:

  • "Conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle standards."

If a restraint was manufactured within the U.S. after February 25, 1985, it needs to have the following labeling to be approved for Delta flights:

  • "Conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle standards."
  • "Is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft."

If a restraint was manufactured outside the U.S., it needs to have the following labeling to be approved for Delta flights:

  • Has the approval of a foreign government.
  • Was manufactured under standards of the United Nations (UN).

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.

NOTE: Booster seats are not approved for Delta Flights even if meeting the above criteria. Vest and harness-type child restraint devices other than the FAA approved CARES restraint devices are likewise not permitted.

What infant amenities are available on the aircraft I'll be flying (ie. Bassinets)?

infant iconInfant amenities vary by aircraft. When you're on the airplane page, look for the Infant Amenity Icon. If it is present, clicking on it will tell you what infant services are available on that airplane. If you do not see it, infant amenities are not offered on that aircraft. You can always contact Delta Air Lines 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, aisle seats, or bulkhead seats when the car seat is a combination car seat and stroller.

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