Requirements for bringing a lap child

FAA Approved Infant/Child Safety Seats

JetBlue allows the use of FAA-approved infant safety seats secured to standard passenger 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.

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 passenger 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.

Lap Children Traveling Within the U.S.

Customers traveling with lap children are required to call 1-800-JETBLUE (538-2583) to provide JetBlue with the name and birthdate of the lap child. Customers with hearing or speech impairments can call our toll-free TTY/TDD telephone number, 711.

A child between the ages of three days old until their second birthday is considered a lap child and does not need to pay for a seat.

Once a child has their second birthday, they are no longer considered a lap child and a seat must be purchased in order for them to travel. If the child has their second birthday between the outbound and return flight, a seat will need to be purchased for the return flight.

Customers traveling with a lap child could be asked for proof of age, such as a passport, birth certificate (copies are acceptable for domestic travel) or an immunization record when the infant's age is questionable. Infants between three and 14 days old must also have, in the form of a letter, their doctor's approval to travel.

Infants must be traveling with an adult customer at least 14 years or older, and the infant must sit on the adult's lap during takeoff and landing.

One lap child per adult is allowed. Due to the number of oxygen masks per row, only one lap child is allowed per row of three seats for A321 Core, A320 and E190. The number of lap children per row for A321 Mint is not limited by the number of oxygen masks. In cases of flights that are extended over-water flights, due to the number of spare life vests, JetBlue may have to limit the number of lap children on the flight

A lap child may bring one diaper bag and one stroller and car seat. They do not qualify for the checked baggage allowance.

Customers traveling with a lap child may check in at a JetBlue ticket counter, kiosk or online check-in. However, proof of age may be requested, including a birth certificate, passport or immunization record.

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