The idea of flying with kids might be a challenge for travelling parents. While there are no guarantees for a smooth trip, these tips might help make travel with children easier and keep everyone in a good mood!
When travelling with children, you will need a child car seat. To get your child to the airport and when you get to your destination. But did you know that the Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus, Rock, Pebble and Citi baby seats are officially approved to be used on aircraft too?
Your child will feel more comfortable and calmer on the flight when strapped into his or her own familiar car seat. In unexpected turbulence or emergencies, theseat will keep your child safe rather than when you keep your child on your lap.
The Maxi-Cosi Pebble Plus, Rock, Pebble or Citi is your trusted travel companion, both on land and in the air!
Taking a car seat on board? Prepare to enjoy the flight:
- The child car seat should be FAA or TÜV-approved, marked “For Use In Aircraft”.
- Any approved child seat will not be wider than 44 cm (17”), so it fits in most airplane seats.
- When booking your flight, we strongly recommend you inquire if the airline accepts child car seats on board.
Ask the airline for a discounted fare, as buying a ticket for your child to get a separate seat is the only way to guarantee that you will be able to use the child seat.
- Reserve adjoining seats. Place the child seat in a window seat, so it will not block the escape path in an emergency. Child seats are not allowed in an emergency exit row.
- If you do not buy a ticket for your child, ask if your airline will allow you to use an empty seat. If your airline's policy allows this, avoid the busiest days and times to increase the chances of finding an empty seat next to you.
- Ask your airline if they can provide a bassinet for your child. If this is available, you may not be permitted to bring your own child car seat on board, and may need to check it as baggage. However, an available aircraft bassinet is not an option to avoid bringing a car seat. For safety, there is no replacement for a car seat either in flight or when you get to your destination and need to travel further by car.
- In turbulence, you will be required to remove your baby from the bassinet and hold him or her on your lap, when your child is safer in its own child seat. The bassinet has to be stowed for take-off and landing, so you will need to take your child out again.
- Carrying a child, luggage and a seat through a busy airport can be challenging. Get to the airport ahead of time and ask for assistance. Alternatively, there are trolley-like boards specially designed to pull along your seated child in a bigger (toddler) car seat.
- Like in the car, the safest place for your little one during turbulence or an emergency is in an approved child seat, not on your lap.
- Bring a variety of toys to keep your child entertained during the flight.
Check the list of child car seats to see if your seat has a TÜV airline approval.
Check the list of airlines that accepts TUV airline approved car seats.
All other airlines please check before your flight.
** Always call your airline prior to flying to confirm they are happy for you to use a car seat on board as even though a car seat may be approved for use in airplanes, the decision is ultimately at the discretion of the airline.