General Information on British Airways when travelling with a baby or toddler.

General Policy

Children under 2 must be carried in their parents laps. When you travel with an infant (under 2 years) who won’t be travelling in a seat of their own, you can reserve a seat free of charge, as soon as you’ve made your booking. If you don’t choose a seat in advance, the airline will allocate a seat for you three days before departure.

Inflight Services

Children’s meals can be pre-booked. If your infant is less than two years old and you haven’t reserved a carrycot position, your infant can sit on your lap using an extension seat belt. The cabin crew will provide this for you and show you how to use the seat belt.

If you have reserved your seat at a carrycot position (at the bulkhead), you can ask the cabin crew for a carrycot. The carrycots supplied by the airline are suitable for babies who weigh no more than 12.5kgs (27.5lbs) and can only be used for an infant who is lying down. They are available on all longhaul flights (except in the First cabin, and on the London City to JFK service).

Child seats can be supplied by the airline (for infants from birth up to two years). Due to operational reasons, there may not be sufficient child seats on-board for each reserved carrycot position. You can reserve a seat in advance for a carrycot/child however you will need to pay for the seat.

Strollers and Equipment

If you are travelling with a child under 2, in addition to your own free checked baggage allowance, you can also bring: one bag to check in for the infant, one fully-collapsible stroller, one car seat. If you have a small, fully collapsible and lightweight pushchair with maximum dimensions of 44cm x 75cm x 105cm/17in x 29.5in x 41in, you’ll be able to take this right to the aircraft door at most airports. The airport staff will then put it in the aircraft hold. It will be returned to you on arrival at the aircraft door if possible, or alternatively in the baggage hall on the baggage carousel.

Baggage Allowance

  • If you have booked a seat for your toddler or infant your child has the same hand baggage allowance as you.
  • If you have not reserved a seat and you are travelling with an infant, you’ll be able to bring one bag for the items that your infant may require during the flight.

Car seats

If you decide to purchase a separate seat for your infant for a child fare, or you’re travelling with a child who is less than three years old, you may prefer to use your own forward facing car seat.

The car seat can only be used for infants over six months old and children up to three years old and must be designed to be secured by means of a normal aircraft single lap strap and face the same direction as the passenger seat on which it is positioned.

It must have a 5-point restraint harness and must not exceed the dimensions of the aircraft seat, and should fit into an area of 45cm x 45cm (17.5ins x 17.5ins). It must be strapped in place ensuring that the adult lap strap buckle does not lie directly over any part of the frame or under the structure of the car type seat after tightening.

If you have your own AmSafe System, you can use this on board and It can be used for infants from 12 months to children of 4 years of age. It isn’t suitable for use on First Class, Club World or World Traveller Plus seats and it can’t be used in the same row as the emergency exit or the row in front or behind the emergency exit.

For further information contact the airline or visit the British Airways website.