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Helpful Hints For Infant (Less Than 2 Years Old) Travel

Infant In Arms

Infants and children less than 2 years old may travel for free within the U.S. if an adult (18 years or older) holds the infant in arms or places the infant in an FAA-approved child restraint during take-off and landing.

Infants and small children must be accompanied by someone who is at least 18 years old, or is the child's parent or legal guardian. The adult and the child must travel in the same cabin. If traveling with a newborn, please review Delta and Delta Connection® Carrier requirements for an approval letter from a physician saying it's all right for the newborn to fly.

International Flights

If a customer is traveling with an infant and their travel destination requires a passport and/or travel visas, the customer will need to secure a passport for the child.

Ticketing Requirements

When a ticket is not required

Travel with one lap-infant and:

  • The infant is less than two years old, AND
  • There is an accompanying adult at least 18 years old or the infant's legal guardian, AND

  • Travel is within the U.S.
When a ticket is required

A purchased ticket is required when:

  • A child is age two or older.
  • The child is to sit in a seat in order to travel in an approved restraint.
  • A customer is traveling with a second child, regardless of age, and has a lap-child
  • A customer wants child to earn SkyMiles.
  • A customer will be traveling between countries regardless of whether or not the child occupies a seat.

NOTE: Number of Infants per Adult—a limit of two infants, less than two years old, per adult may travel together.

International Taxes & Fees—For infants under the age of two and held in the adult's lap, the cost is usually about 10% of the adult fare plus any international taxes and surcharges, which can be significant.

Child Fares & Special Discounts

Travel within the Domestic U.S.

Delta does not offer discounted infant and child fares for travel within the domestic U.S.

Travel between countries

Discounted child fares may be available when traveling outside the U.S. or when traveling between certain countries. The price of the ticket will depend on the age of the child. Taxes & fees may also apply to infants held in the adult's lap.

Seat Assignments

Traveling with an infant restricts a customer’s ability to occupy some seats due to FAA regulations. To make sure both customer and infant are safe and comfortable during the flight, review Infant and Child Seating and Aircraft Types and Layout for more information.

Infant Baggage

Review the Infant and Children’s Baggage section for specific information on carry-on items such as child restraint seats, strollers, and diaper bags. During security check-in, the TSA will usually make a special provision for items such as medications and baby formula.

Approved Child Restraints

All child restraints have labeling that shows whether or not the restraint meets certain safety requirements. The label 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 1/1/81 and 2/25/85, 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 2/25/85, 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).

Child Restraints that are Not Permitted

Delta does not permit the following types of car seats:

  • Booster seats-even if they bear labels indicating they meet U.S., UN, or foreign government standards.
  • Vest and harness-type child restraint devices other than the FAA approved CARES restraint device.

Aboard The Aircraft

A customer may place an infant in an adjacent unoccupied seat if the seat remains open and the customer is using an FAA-approved child restraint. However, Delta can't guarantee that the adjacent seat will remain open. The customer will need to pay for the seat to ensure that it's available.

Seating for A Child Restraint (CRS)

When using a Child Restraint System (CRS), do not select seats in the following areas:

  • In an emergency exit row

  • One row forward or aft of an emergency exit row

  • Any aft facing seat

  • Bulkhead seat when the car seat is a combination car seat/stroller

  • An Aisle seat

Due to airbag seat belt and angle positioning restrictions, the following aircraft do not allow CRS and FAA approved CARES CRS:

  • Delta One and First Class Seats for the following aircraft:

    • All types of CRS are not permitted at any time in the Delta One cabin on:

      • A330-200
      • A330-300
      • B747
      • B777

    • The use of a CARES CRS is not permitted in the Delta One or First Class cabin on:

      • 767-400
      • 767-300ER
      • 757-200(75S)

    • Please note: The use of a Car-seat CRS is allowed in the Delta One or First Class cabin on:

      • 767-400
      • 767-300ER
      • 757-200(75S)

For a three-seat configuration, if a child is placed in a restraint and occupies the middle seat of a single-aisle aircraft, the accompanying adult must sit in the window seat, unless the window seat remains vacant throughout the entire flight, then the accompanying adult may sit in the aisle seat. This leaves the aisle seat open for other customers, allowing easier access to the seat and to the aisle.

Similarly, if a child is placed in a restraint occupying the middle seat of a dual-aisle aircraft, the accompanying adult has to sit next to the child in such a way that other passengers can easily access the aisle.

A row may contain more than one child restraint device if the children are from the same family or travel group.

Take-Off And Landing

An adult may hold an infant or place the infant in a FAA-approved child restraint during take-off and landing.

Child Restraint Systems And Adult Responsibilities

The accompanying adult has the following responsibilities when using a child restraint during take-off and landing:

  • The adult has to make sure that the child restraint seat meets FAA guidelines (see Approved Child Restraints).
  • The adult has to make sure that the child restraint seat functions properly and is free of obvious defects.
  • The adult has to secure the child according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • The adult has to make sure the child restraint is secured to the aircraft seat using the aircraft seat's safety belt.

Our flight attendants will check with the accompanying adult that the child is properly restrained and the child's seat is properly secured to the aircraft seat. However, the ultimate responsibility falls to the accompanying adult.

Documentation Requirements for All Minors Traveling to or from South Africa

Effective June 1, 2015, the South African government will enforce new documentation requirements for all children under the age of 18 when traveling to or from South Africa. Regardless of nationality, children must travel with additional documentation as required by the Department of Home Affairs - South Africa (DHA). These requirements are being implemented in an effort to help curb human trafficking. According to estimates from the DHA, 30,000 minors who travel through South African borders fall victim to the human trafficking trade every year.

Effective June 1, 2015, documentation requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • In addition to a passport, an original, unabridged, or certified (with seal or stamp) copy of the child’s full birth certificate issued within the last 3 months is required for all trips.

  • The new documentation requirements are applicable to all minors, under the age of 18. However, they may vary and additional documentation may be required, depending upon whether the minor is traveling alone, traveling with one parent or two parents or with another adult.

    • Children who are traveling unaccompanied, traveling with only one parent or traveling with an adult other than a parent, must travel with an affidavit of consent executed by the non-traveling parent(s). To view a sample affidavit, please click here .

  • All travel documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation

  • Exceptions may apply. Details are outlined in the DHA final immigration regulation - section six (6): Admission and Departure Subsection 10 – 12

Please note: Travelers who arrive in South Africa without the required documentation can be detained and/or deported immediately

Additional Information

Delta encourages travel partners to ensure their customers review all documentation requirements when booking minors to or from South Africa.

Please contact Delta Sales Support for additional assistance regarding travel options for impacted customers.


For more information regarding South Africa immigration requirements, please click on the links below or contact the South African Embassy or Consulate in the child’s country of residence.


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