CHILDREN & INFANTS

AT FLAIR, WE LOVE OUR LITTLEST TRAVELLERS!

That’s why we want to make sure they are safe and happy when they fly with Flair. Read more below on what you need to know when you take to the air with your children. In common with all airlines, Flair considers anyone under the age of 12 (on date of departure) to be a child.

KIDDIE TIPS

As any parent who has flown with children knows, take-offs and landings can be painful for their little ears. This is caused by a pressure imbalance and you can help soothe the discomfort by:

  • Feeding your babies during takeoff and landing.
  • Offering your child a piece of candy or gum (if they are allowed, of course).
  • Giving your child a pacifier.
  • If your child has a cold or ear infection, you may want to contact your doctor to make sure it’s safe to travel as the pressure felt in the ears increases when congested.

Unaccompanied Minor

Domestic Travel

Tweens and Teens between the ages of 12 and 17 may travel unaccompanied but ONLY on non-stop flights i.e. direct flights that have a stop en route cannot carry unaccompanied minors. Minors are encouraged to carry identifications such as a passport, an original birth certificate or a non-government photo ID, e.g. student card.

International Travel

Tweens and Teens between the ages of 12 and 17 may travel to the United States unaccompanied but ONLY on non-stop flights i.e. direct flights that have a stop en route cannot carry unaccompanied minors. All passengers including minors will be required to show their valid passport issued by a sovereign nation, when traveling to or from an international destination.

All minors aged 12-17, who are traveling unaccompanied without supervision on non-stop flights will be considered an adult for booking purposes.

Flair strictly adhere to this policy. No exceptions will be made.

Accompanied Minor

International Travel

The accompanying adult will be required to show further documentation when traveling with a minor, including:

  • Documents establishing legal custody;
  • Parental consent letter authorizing travel;
  • Death certificate if one parent is deceased.

Infants (under 2 years)

Domestic Travel

Children under the age of two at the time of departure are considered to be infants and may travel as a lap-held infant.

A single infant may travel with an adult 18 years of age or older without requiring a seat to be purchased for the infant.  A separate seat can be purchased for an infant at the regular fare, and they must be secured using an approved restraint device (see below for approved devices).

No single passenger shall be responsible for more than one infant whether the infant is held on the lap of an accompanying passenger or where a seat has been purchased for the infant.

Infants must be lap-held by the accompanying customer 18 years of age or older, or secured using a car seat for the duration of the flight. Accompanying adults are required to hold the infant on their lap during taxi, takeoff, landing, at any time the seat belt sign is illuminated and when instructed to do so by the flight crew.

All infants/children secured in a car seat must be seated beside their parent or guardian 18 years of age or older. Infants are restricted from occupying specific seats on the aircraft (for example: over-wing exit row, bulkhead aisle seats or emergency exit rows).

When travelling with an infant, you may check in two complimentary items such as a stroller, child restraint device and/or playpen. If you have a child under two years of age, you can bring a diaper bag free of charge (along with your free personal item).

International Travel

In addition to the points listed above, infants will also be required to have a valid passport. The accompanying adult will also be required to show further documentation when traveling with an infant, including:

  • Documents establishing legal custody;
  • Parental consent letter authorizing travel;
  • Death certificate if one parent is deceased.

Identification

  • A birth certificate providing proof of age is required for your infant. If being held on the lap, the infant’s name and age must be identified at the time of the adult booking.
  • Your physician’s advice on infant travel is recommended if the child has been unwell before flying.
  • Transport Canada requires that any child two years and older must occupy their own seat.
  • Transport Canada mandates that infants are not permitted in the emergency exit row, and that no person shall be responsible for more than one infant (any child under two years of age) on board. For example, infant twins would need two persons, 18 years of age or older, to travel with them.
  • Two lap-held infants will not be seated in the same row due to the number of oxygen masks in each row.

Car Seats and Restraint Systems

  • Car seats are not provided by Flair.
  • If a car seat is to be used for an infant, the car seat type should be noted on the booking.
  • Only car seats labeled as follows may be used on the Flair aircraft:
    • Canadian manufactured systems:
      A “statement of compliance” label must be affixed stating the car seat has been certified to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 213 or 213.1, and indicating the date of manufacture as being after January 1, 1981.
    • American manufactured systems:
      For systems manufactured to American standards between January 1, 1981 and February 25, 1985, a label must be affixed stating: “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards” (FMVSS). For systems manufactured after February 26, 1985 two labels are required: 1) “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable FMVSS” and 2) “CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT” in red lettering.
  • The following types of car seats may be used:
    • Rear-facing car seats: Rear-facing infant car seats are generally restricted to infants weighing less than 9 kg/ 20 lbs, though weight restrictions are specified on the system and can vary from one system to another. Infant car seats must be certified to CMVSS 213.1 and must remain secured at all times.
    • Forward-facing car seats:  Forward-facing child car seats are generally restricted to children between 9-18 kg (20-40 lbs) though weight restrictions are specified on the seat and can vary from one seat to another. Child car seats must be certified to CMVSS 213.
    • Convertible (forward or rear-facing) car seats:  The term “convertible” is often used by manufacturers to describe car seats which can be used as rear-facing for an infant or forward-facing for a child. These car seats will be accepted when certified as CMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213.1.
    • Combination car seats: A combination car seat consisting of a combined child car seat and booster cushion will be labelled as both CMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213.2. These systems may only be used on board when the internal five point harness system is installed (CMVSS 213). The combination car seat CMVSS 213.2 not using the internal five point harness is classified as a booster seat and is not approved for use on board the aircraft.
    • AmSafe child aviation restraint system “CARES™”: An AmSafe child aviation restraint system “CARES™” may be used as an alternative to a car seat on the aircraft. It has a harness and buckle device that attaches directly to the aircraft seat, and is restricted for use by children at least one year of age to four years of age, weighing between 22-44 lbs (approximately 9.9-19.9 kg), and up to 40 inches (approximately 101 cm) in height. The occupant must be in their own seat.
  • The following infant restraints are not permitted: Booster cushions, Booster seats (including combination restraint system CMVSS 213.2 when used without the five point harness), Belly or loop belts, Infant carriers (such as Snugli®), or Baby hammock (such as FlyeBaby™).

Flair is bound by Transport Canada regulations with regards to acceptable child restraint devices.

Expectant mothers

Flair asks that expectant mothers who are 36 weeks or more into their pregnancy, should check with their medical professional prior to travelling. Safety is our primary concern and we want expectant moms to be as comfortable as possible during their trip:

Here are some tips on how to do that:

  • For a small fee purchase an aisle seat on one of our flights – this will allow for easier access to the lavatory and other amenities.
  • If a seat has not been selected online call us at 204-285-0844 to reserve the ideal seat – a small fee applies.
  • If no seat was purchased, one will assigned at time of check-in.

In the interests of safety, we ask our passengers to keep their seat belts fastened at all times when seated. We recommend that expectant moms keep the seat belt fastened under their belly and low on the hips. If you require a seat belt extender for comfort, just ask one of our flight attendants and they will be happy to provide one for you.

New mothers
Mothers who have given birth within seven days of flying are asked to check with their medical professional prior traveling.