JetBlue Airways flying with babies

Are there any age restrictions for babies traveling on JetBlue Airways flights?

Infants under 3 days old are not allowed to travel on JetBlue Airways flights.

For infants between 3 and 14 days old, JetBlue Airways requires written approval from their attending physician allowing them to travel.

Infants over 14 days old may travel on JetBlue Airways flights only accompanied by an adult at least 14 years old.

JetBlue Airways offers pre-boarding for families traveling with children under the age of 2, so you can have early access to overhead bins and secure car seats.

When do I have to purchase a ticket for my child?

You have to purchase a ticket for your child when:

  • The child is two years or older.
  • The child turns two during a trip – for the remaining parts of the journey.
  • You are traveling alone with two children – for the baby who will not be sitting in your lap.
  • You are traveling internationally – regardless of your baby’s age, and whether or not the baby travels as an infant on lap.

Does JetBlue Airways offer discounts for infants or children traveling on domestic or international flights?

Lap infants travel free of charge on all domestic JetBlue flights.

For international travel, lap infants are required to pay only applicable fees and taxes, and must be issued a ticket displaying the collection of those fees and taxes.

On international interline flights, in addition to fees and taxes, lap infants are required to pay the applicable fare.

JetBlue Airways does not offer any discounts for children traveling on domestic or international flights. The separate reservation must be made at the regular, applicable fare:

  • For children under the age of 2 years traveling in an approved child restraint system.
  • For children who have reached their second birthday.

Lap Infants

When traveling with a lap infant, advance arrangements must be made by calling JetBlue Reservations and providing the name and birthdate of the lap infant. Lap infants must be traveling with an adult at least 14 years or older. During takeoff and landing, the infant must sit in the adult’s lap.

JetBlue Airways may request proof of age (e.g. passport, birth certificate or immunization record) when the infant’s age is questionable. A copy of the birth certificate is acceptable only for domestic travel. For international flights, you must present the infant’s passport to a JetBlue crewmember prior to boarding.

An adult may travel with only one lap infant. Only one lap infant per row of seats on each side of the aircraft is allowed due to the number of oxygen masks per row. Passengers traveling with lap infants are not allowed to occupy emergency exit row seats. On extended over-water flights, JetBlue Airways may limit the number of lap infants due to the number of spare life vests.

If you are traveling with a lap infant you are allowed one diaper bag¹, one stroller and one car seat. A lap infant does not qualify for checked baggage allowance. You are allowed to check for free a child safety seat that will not count toward your checked baggage allowance. This exception does not apply for playpens and other infant beds.

¹All restrooms are equipped with an infant changing table.

Infants Traveling in a Child Restraint System (CRS)

An infant under 2 years old traveling on a separate seat must be securely placed in an FAA-approved child restraint system (CRS) that conforms with the following guidelines:

  • Car seats manufactured between 1/1/1981 and 2/25/1985 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.”
  • Car seats manufactured after 2/26/1985 must have an additional label, in red lettering, which reads: “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.”
  • The CARES³ child safety device must state “FAA approved in accordance with 14 CFR 21.305(d) approved for aircraft use only”.

³CARES is the only FAA-approved harness-type restraint for children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds. Booster seats, harness and vest restraints cannot be used during taxi, takeoff or landing, unless it is an FAA-approved device.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the child restraint system is properly secured to the aircraft seat. The infant seat used during flight must remain secured to the passenger seat even when unoccupied. The following table provides the width of the narrowest and widest seats in each cabin and aircraft so that you can appreciate if your car seat fits between the armrests of the aircraft seat:

Aircraft Coach Even More Space Mint
Airbus A321 16.30″ – 18.00″ 16.80″ – 18.00″ 18.87″ – 22.25″
Airbus A320 16.93″ – 17.80″ 17.70″ – 17.80″
Embraer EMB 190 18.00″ 18.00″

A child restraint system may not be used in an emergency exit row seat. Because infant seats may not be placed between two passengers, nor may obstruct a passenger’s access to the aisle, the child restraint device should be placed in a window seat. An infant seat may be placed in a middle seat or aisle seat only if the other seats remain unoccupied.

Toddlers

For children traveling on domestic and international flights, JetBlue Airways offers kid-friendly onboard options:

  • Channels for kids – free DIRECTV at every seat with programs for kids.
  • A movie for kids on flights longer than 2 hours.
  • Free snacks and juice.

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