Infant on Board

The Child Restraint System (CRS)

If you’re traveling with an infant or small child, please know that proper use of an approved child restraint system (CRS) enhances child safety on an aircraft. Island Air and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly recommend that infants and small children (under 40 lbs.) be secured in an appropriate restraint device when traveling by air.

Infant on Board

What special rules apply to infants?

Adult & Child

For a child less than 2 years old who is accompanied by an adult fare-paying passenger and not occupying a seat, there is no charge.


Infants occupying a seat will pay the applicable full (adult) fare.

Each fare-paying adult is permitted one infant as long as the child is placed in an approved infant safety seat.

Island Air reserves the right to request proof of age at any time. If a guest is unable to provide proof of age, Island Air will charge the applicable fare and require the child to occupy a seat.

There is no baggage charge for car seats, child booster seats or strollers. Baggage fees apply for a lap child’s luggage that does not qualify as a child restraint device.

Does my infant need a boarding pass?

Yes, whether or not your infant is travelling as a lap child or a seat has been purchased for them, you will need to obtain a boarding pass for the infant prior to proceeding to the TSA security checkpoint.

What is an appropriate Child Restraint System (CRS)?

Many child safety seats designed for use in automobiles may also be used onboard. Appropriate restraint devices should have hard sides and backs, include integrated shoulder straps, and secure to a passenger seat via channels through which the seat belt is threaded and attached. They should also carry two labels stating:

“This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards”; and

“This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” in red lettering.

Although one might think that any type of restraint system would provide at least some degree of flight safety enhancement, this is not the case. Some child restraints may do a good job of protecting children in automobiles or in other situations, but are not appropriate for aviation use.

Recent testing and research have led the FAA to ban the use on aircraft of certain types of child restraints that may be harmful to a child in the event of an aviation emergency. Booster seats, vest and harness type child restraint systems and lap held child restraints (including belly belts) are not approved for use in aircraft.

Although some restraints manufactured before the FAA ban may carry an insignia and/or language indicating they are approved for aircraft use, recent changes may mean they are no longer permitted.

The following CRSs are NOT approved for use on any Island Air flight:

  • Belly Belts - These devises attach the child to they accompanying adult.  The child is restrined by an abdominal belt attached to the adult's seatbelt.
  • Harness Restraints - These devises consist of a torso harness for the child placed in its own seat within the airplane seatbelt routed through a loop of webbing attached to the back of the harness.
  • Booster Seats (backless) - A raised platform base on which the child sits.  

Are strollers or infant carriers permitted beyond security?

You may choose to bring your infant to the departure gate in a stroller or infant carrier.

Most infant carriers are designed simply to provide convenience in carrying babies. With the exception of a few recently manufactured automobile safety seats that convert to carriers, they do not provide sufficient protection to qualify as a CRS.

While you may carry your baby on and off the aircraft in an infant carrier (provided it does not exceed the size limitations for carry-on items), it must be properly stowed either underneath a seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing.

If the stroller or infant carrier exceeds the size limitations for carryon items, the Customer Service Agent will “Pink Tag” the item (at no additional charge) to your final destination, and the item will be placed in the cargo compartment for transportation. When you reach your destination the item will be returned to you at the arrival gate.

How should a Child Restraint System be used?

The Child Restraint System should be secured to a window seat. It should not be installed in aisle seats, in the same row of an emergency exit, nor in the rows forward or aft of an emergency exit.

Want to know more?

For a list of FAA safety recommendations about air travel with children, call the FAA consumer information hotline at 1-800-322-7873 (1-800-FAA-SURE).