Baggage Allowance For a Lap Infant

Baggage requirements for infants

A lap infant may bring one (1) diaper bag, one (1) stroller and one (1) car seat. Lap infants that are traveling at no cost do not qualify for the checked baggage allowance.

Checking a child safety seat will not count towards your checked baggage allowance and there is no fee assessed; however, playpens and other infant beds will count as a checked bag and must meet size and weight requirements.

Guidelines for using child restraint systems (CRS) and child safety seats aboard a JetBlue flight
  • 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 (taxiing), take off or landing, unless it is an FAA-approved device.
  • Safety seats, including harnesses or other restraint systems, 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. 
  • Safety seats may not obstruct a customer's pathway to the aisle.
  • Safety seats may not be placed between two individuals.
  • A safety seat may face backward if it is FAA approved and properly secured by the parent/guardian.
  • Any safety 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. If used with a CRS, the seatbelt must be affixed to the 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.
  • 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. 

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

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

JetBlue Aircraft Seat Dimensions

To enable customers to identify a seat that will accommodate their CRS, the following chart provides the width of the narrowest and widest customer seats (in inches) in each type of service and aircraft we fly:




  • Narrowest: 18.00" | Widest: 18.00"

Please note that JetBlue cannot guarantee that customers traveling with a CRS will be seated in the widest seat available in their reserved class of service.

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 child restraint systems (CRS), safety seats, car seats and strollers

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

JetBlue will courtesy gate-check any of the following: strollers, car seats, child carriers/backpack carriers, booster seats, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or crutches. If you chose to check any of these items (at the check-in counter or gate-check), it will not count as one of your checked bags and there is no fee assessed. There is no limit to the number of assistive devices a customer may transport as carry-on or checked bag, 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 also permitted as a carry-on bag 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 JetBlue Airways Contract of Carriage Section 19.

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