Baggage allowance for a lap infant

Baggage Requirements for Infants

A lap infant may bring one diaper bag, one stroller and one car seat. Infants that are traveling for free do not qualify for the checked baggage allowance.

If checking a child safety seat, it will not count as one of your checked bags and there is no fee assessed. However, playpens and other infant beds will count toward your checked baggage allowance and must meet size and weight requirements.

Guidelines for an Infant/Child Safety Seat

Infants and children may occupy a seat with or without a Child Restraint System (CRS). If the infant is not in a child restraint system, they must be able to sit upright. Use of booster seats, harness and vest restraints will not be allowed during the movement on surface, takeoff or landing, unless it is an FAA-approved device.

*All special accommodations are left to the discretion of the Inflight crewmembers.

If checking a safety seat, it will not count as one of your checked bags and there is no fee assessed.

Child aviation restraint systems (CARES) are also certified by the FAA for use during all phases of flight including taxiing, takeoff, landing and during periods of turbulence. CARES is a belt-and-buckle device that attaches directly to the aircraft seatbelt. It is designed for children over one year old, weighing between 22 and 44 pounds.

Please note, JetBlue does not provide safety seats, child aviation restraint systems (CARES), nor the bags/boxes to cover them.

In addition, the following guidelines will be observed:

  • an infant safety seat should be placed in a window seat; it may be placed in a middle seat or aisle seat as long as the other seat(s) remain empty or occupied by another infant seat. An infant safety seat may not obstruct a customer's pathway to the aisle.
  • infant safety seats may not be placed between two individuals.
  • an infant safety seat may face backward if it is FAA approved and properly secured by the parent/guardian
  • only one lap infant will be assigned per row of seats on each side of the aircraft.
  • lap infants may not be seated in emergency exit rows 
  • any infant seat used during flight must remain secured to the aircraft seat at all times, even when unoccupied.
  • seatbelts must fit low and tight across the waist of all customers including children and must be affixed to all Child Restraint Systems (CRS) so that it is secured tightly in the seat. In seats equipped with an airbag seatbelt, JetBlue-provided seatbelt extensions must be used in conjunction with the seatbelt to secure the CRS. For safety purposes, if the CRS is not able to be properly secured with the airbag seatbelt, the customer may be required to move to a seat with a standard seatbelt in order to use the CRS.

FAA Approved Infant/Child Safety Seats

JetBlue allows the use of FAA-approved infant safety seats secured to standard aircraft seats. Safety seats must have the appropriate manufacturer's label.

Child Restraint Systems (CRS) manufactured between January 1, 1981 and February 25, 1985 must have one of the following labels: "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards." or "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft."

Seats manufactured after February 26, 1985 must have an additional label which reads: "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft."

Booster-type seats, vest and harness-type child restraint systems, lap-held child restraints or seats manufactured before January 1, 1981 are not acceptable.

Courtesy-Checking Car Seats and Strollers

Infant car seats and child restraint systems are considered a special item (along with overcoats, jackets or umbrellas); each customer may carry one special item on-board the aircraft. The special item is in addition to a carry-on item to go in the overhead compartment and a personal item to go under the seat in front of the customer.

JetBlue will courtesy gate-check any of the following: strollers, car seats, child carriers/backpack carriers, booster seats, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or crutches. There is no limit to the number of assistive devices a customer may transport as carry-on or checked baggage, within reason.

Additionally, this courtesy is extended regardless of whether the customer is traveling with the infant/child or is meeting the infant/child at their destination. 

Breast pumps are permitted as carry-on baggage and are exempt from carry-on restrictions.

Note: Please be aware that strollers are not covered for damage if checked. JetBlue assumes no liability for loss, damage or delay per the Contract of Carriage Section 19. 

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