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Family flying

Seats for Children

If you’re travelling in Economy, you can bring your own car seat onboard all our international and domestic flights as long as you’ve booked a seat for it.

If you would like to use your own car seat, it must:

  • Be designed to be secured by means of a normal aircraft single lap strap
  • Have a separate 5-point restraining harness
  • Not exceed the dimensions of the aircraft seat, and should fit into an area of 43cm x 43cm (17.ins x 17ins)

The car seat must also display one of the following labels:

EU approved labelling

EU approved labelling

Approved for use in motor vehicles according to the UN standard ECE R 44, -03” or later


‘Qualification Procedure for Child Restraint Systems for Use in Aircraft’
(TÜV Doc.: TÜV/958-01/2001)

Australia/New Zealand approved labelling

Australia/New Zealand approved labelling

Australian Standard AS1754
New Zealand Standard NZS1354


Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard

FAA approved labelling

FAA approved labelling

Approved for use in motor vehicles and aircraft according to US FMVSS No 213 and manufactured to these standards on or after February 26, 1985
‘This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards.

This Restraint is Certified for Use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft.’

Canadian approved labelling

Canadian approved labelling

Standard CMVSS 213/213.1

Please note:

1. You may be asked to show the approval labelling to our ground staff and cabin crew, so please make sure you know where to find it.

2. You’ll need to show our cabin crew that you’ve fitted the seat securely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. The seat must fit securely using a normal aircraft seatbelt, as unlike cars, we don’t have ISOFIX systems or seatbelts that are worn over the shoulder.

Premium Economy and Upper Class

If you have a car seat, you may be aware that you can’t use them where airbags are fitted. As all of our Upper Class suites and the Premium Economy seats on many of our aircraft have airbags you will be unable to use your own car seats. Please contact us as soon as possible and not less than 48 hours before your flight so that we can make sure we have one of our own infant seats ready for you.

Our infant seats

The seats we provide are available for use on every international flight and can be used in any cabin. They are suitable for new-born babies up to children weighing 20kg (44lb) or measuring 100cm (40”) tall. To ensure you get a child seat please call the contact centre when booking your flights. Please note we'll need at least 12 hours' notice to ensure a child seat is available. Children too large to fit a child seat will still pay the child fare.

To check the availability of child seats on your flight and to book, call our reservations team on 0344 874 7747.

Please note that infant child seats are not available on Little Red (UK domestic) flights. 

Special assistance

If you need special support seating for disabled children, take a look at our information on support seating.

Planning your seating

We need to make sure that each child in a car seat is supervised by a guardian aged at least 14 who is sitting right next to them. In Upper Class, we recommend that you sit immediately behind your child so that you can see them.

If you’ve got two children in car seats, you’ll need to have them either side of you. In Upper Class, we recommend that you have one immediately in front of you, and the other facing you across the aisle.