Flying with children: conditions and tips

Many passengers want to fly with children, but they are unaware of the conditions and the necessary documents that must be presented before the journey.

In this article, we will highlight the essential points that the passenger must know before the journey.

Minor children can be on their parents’ passports, necessary papers

All children must have the following documents in their name:
– a national identity card
– a passport (and a visa depending on the destination) for a trip to the rest of the world.

The minor must present the same papers as the adults, but if he is traveling without his parents, he must have a permit to leave the area.

If the child does not have the same name as the accompanying person, the minor must have a family book and/or the child’s birth certificate, but they are not part of the list of documents to be presented.

In fact, no text obliges a parent who does not bear the same name as his child to justify the exercise of his parental authority.

Permissions from the other parent

However, if the child is traveling with only one parent, some countries reserve the right to ask you for proof that the other parent gives permission. This concerns Algeria, Morocco, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Switzerland in particular.

Mandatory documents depending on the situation of the parent who signed the AST (permission to leave the territory)

All minor children traveling with a companion other than one of the parents must have a permit to leave the territory (AST).

From what age can a baby travel by plane?

A baby can travel by air from one week on short flights and 3 weeks on long flights in the vast majority of companies. Although this is sometimes allowed, flying with a baby under 7 days old is strongly discouraged. In any case, it is important to respect certain reflexes in order to treat the little annoyances that cause the baby to cry on the plane.

Can a child travel on the parent’s lap?

In most airlines, a child is considered an infant until it is 2 years old. This is also the age until he can travel on your lap. You will then have to buckle up when it is mandatory to wear a seat belt. After this two-year milestone, you will need to reserve their own space for those next to you.

Can a child travel alone?

Unaccompanied children are called “UM” (Unaccompanied minors) and unaccompanied children can travel alone from an age varying between 4 and 7 years depending on the airline. At Air France, it is 4-11-year-olds for the French mainland and the overseas departments and territories, and 5-14-year-olds abroad. This service is most often offered at additional prices, except for a few airlines that offer it for free.

Is it possible to reserve a seat for a little girl who sleeps on the plane under the age of 2?

For long flights, the companies offer cots upon prior request. If you do not want your child to travel on your lap and you cannot use a cot, you can reserve a seat for them. He will then benefit from the child rate.

Can I bring a car seat on board the plane?

Most companies allow the installation of a car seat on the plane. But the seat voting model must meet very strict standards.

Call your company or visit its website before you travel to find out which models are accepted. Very often the model must be automotive approved and not exceed a certain size.

Can an adult travel alone with two infants?

A passenger can only accompany a child under 2 years of age. To travel with two babies, the presence of two adults is mandatory. In addition, a baby alone must always be accompanied by at least one adult.

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Is liquid baby food allowed on the plane?

The rules prohibit bringing liquids over 100 ml and certain foods into the cabin. However, these restrictions do not apply to liquids and baby food, so you can bring baby bottles, small water bottles and jars (this exception does not apply to care products). Many flights offer meals suitable for babies, it is strongly recommended to contact your airline before departure to find out if you can take advantage of this service.

Is there a reduced price for children?

Most airlines offer special prices for children. An infant under the age of 2 will generally travel for approximately 10% of your fare. An older child will be able to benefit from reduced rates up to the age of 12, depending on the company.

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