Know your infant’s, child’s or unaccompanied minor’s rights

Having infants, children and unaccompanied minors travel can be scary. Know their rights to make traveling easier and smoother for you.

Infant fares

If you’re traveling with children through age 2, they do not require tickets for domestic travel in the U.S.; however, they will not be given an assigned seat nor any baggage allowance unless you purchase a ticket for them. If the plane is full, any child 2 years or younger will be expected to sit on an accompanying adult’s lap.

Several airlines are now offering discounted infant fares to allow the use of a child seat as well as reservations and an increased baggage allowance. Discounts for the additional seats to be used by infants in an infant seat are normally 50 percent.

On international flights, children aged 2 and younger are required to pay 10 percent of the adult fare. They receive no benefits, seat or baggage allowance for that payment.

NOTE: While traveling internationally, solo parents traveling with children must carry a letter of consent from the absent parent. Carry these letters especially when traveling to Mexico, Canada, South America and Australia.

HAVE YOUR PAPERS AND YOUR CHILD’S PAPERS IN ORDER. OFFICIALS AT INTERNATIONAL BORDERS CAN BE VERY PICKY ABOUT THESE DOCUMENTS.

One of the challenges for parents, guardians, and chaperones of minors (boys and girls under the age of 18) is travel documentation for the minor. Children, even newborns, need government-accepted identification, proof of citizenship, and often, documentation that the child has permission to travel internationally with the adult(s) accompanying them.

This documentation has become necessary due to the increasing incidents of child abductions, including custodial abduction and illegal trafficking of children for child pornography and prostitution.

Obtaining the necessary documentation can be time-consuming and expensive. It must precisely meet your destination country’s requirements.

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