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Flying with a Stroller: North American Airline Guide

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It is holiday travel season and if you’re reading this you’re probably traveling with an infant or toddler, which brings its own set of challenges.  This is our yearly update on traveling via air with a stroller, specifically a jogging stroller.

Each major air carrier has their own set of rules when it comes to strollers, but some basic guidelines apply:

  • The stroller can usually be checked at the gate.  Check with your airline if it is not listed below.
  • Most airlines will allow an umbrella stroller as a carry on, space permitting. We even found that most will allow jog strollers, if they are less than 50 lbs. Yes, that means the BOB Duallie can go too.
  • Most airlines check the stroller free of charge as long as the child is traveling with you, but please check the website or call the reservations number provided below to verify before traveling.
  • The stroller must fold down/collapse (strollers that do not collapse must be checked at the ticket counter and may incur a baggage fee).
  • The stroller must be bagged and tagged (we recommend tagging inside and out). Label it with your name everywhere; like they tell you when you bring your toddler to preschool or day care, Label, Label, Label.
  • The airline is not responsible for damage to the stroller and damage waiver coverage cannot be purchased.

If you are planning on flying the stroller friendly skies; here is a breakdown of stroller guidelines for major North American airlines when traveling domestically:

North America

AirlineReservation/Info No.Gate Check Jog StrollersCountryInformation
Air Canada1-888-247-2262NOCanadaAir Canada strongly recommends the use of small collapsible umbrella type strollers (see examples below).

A stroller with a collapsed diameter not exceeding 25.5 cm (10 in) and a length not exceeding 92 cm (36 in) is allowed, in addition to your carry-on allowance, regardless of destination. It can be checked at the gate to be delivered to you at the aircraft door at the end of your flight.

Large strollers
Because gate facilities in airports are not designed to accommodate them, large, heavy strollers will need to be checked in and will count as one piece of baggage toward the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type. Large strollers are also subject to space limitations, and there is a risk that they cannot be accommodated in the aircraft.

For more information, here is Air Canada's policy.
Alaska Airlines1-800-252-7522YESU.S.Car seats and strollers can be checked as baggage at no additional charge. If the car seat or stroller is needed in the airport, you can check it at the gate. Infants traveling on a purchased ticket should have a proper child restraint.

For more information, here is Alaska Airlines policy.
American Airlines1-800-433-7300NOU.S.Strollers that are large, non-collapsible or over 20 lbs. must be checked at the ticket counter.

  • Strongly discouraged to avoid damage.
  • Facilities were not designed to accommodate these types of strollers.
  • Must be checked at the ticket counter.
  • May not be carried on the aircraft or checked at the gate; No strollers of any size are permitted as carry-on baggage.
  • Exempt from baggage charges when accompanying a child or infant who is traveling.

For more information, here is American Airlines policy.
Delta Airlines1-800-221-1212YESU.S.Children’s strollers and seat restraints are not counted as part of the standard baggage and therefore can easily be checked for free. For your convenience these items may be checked at curbside, the ticket counter, or at the gate.

For more information, here is Delta Airlines policy.
Frontier Airlines1-800-432-1359YESU.S.If you need them, strollers may be used to transport your child to the gate, but then must be checked at the gate as baggage. The stroller will be returned to the gate at your final destination - Fly Frontier FAQ's.

Special Item Handling Fees

A stroller and car seat may be checked free of charge when traveling with a child. A diaper bag may be carried on free of charge when traveling with a child.

For more information, here is Frontier Airlines policy.
Hawaiian Airlines1-800-367-5320YES U.S.You may check in your standard collapsible stroller at the gate or at the check-in counter free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult passenger and being used by a traveling child. If you have a large stroller we recommend that you check it at the ticket counter. Strollers over 50lbs and non-collapsible strollers must be checked at the ticket counter and will be returned to you at baggage claim.

For more information, here is Hawaiian Airlines policy.
Jet Blue Airways1-800-538-2583YESU.S.Strollers/car seats
If possible, strollers should be folded down. If it doesn't fit through the x-ray machine, the TSA officers will find other ways to screen it. JetBlue will courtesy gate-check any of the following: strollers, car seats, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or crutches. There is no limit to the number of assistance devices a customer may transport as carry-on or checked baggage, within reason. (According to an agent contacted by phone, there is no additional baggage fee to check a stroller.)

Additionally, this courtesy is extended regardless of whether the customer is traveling with the infant/child or is meeting the infant/child at their destination.

Note: Please be aware that strollers are not covered for damage if checked. JetBlue assumes no liability for loss, damage or delay per the Contract of Carriage Section 19.

For more information, here is Jet Blue Airways policy.
Porter1-888-619-8622YESCanadaPassengers traveling with children are permitted to carry, free of charge, one stroller and one car seat per child.

Parents travaling with an infant under 2 years of age (without paid seat) are permitted a small diaper bag as a carry-on bag as an additional carry-on.

These items are subject to standard carry-on weight and size restrictions.

For more information, here is Porter's policy.
Southwest Airlines1-800-435-9792YESU.S.

  • Customers traveling with children will be allowed to check one stroller and one Child Restraint System (CRS) or car seat per child without charge. This is in addition to the regular free baggage allowance.
  • The stroller and CRS or car seat allowance applies to any type of stroller (umbrella, full size, jogging stroller, etc.) and CRS or car seat.
  • The Customer may check the stroller and CRS or car seat at the curb, ticket counter, or gate.
  • Southwest Airlines will not assume liability for damage to strollers, CRSs or car seats. Each should be tagged as conditionally accepted and placed in a plastic bag. (An optional Southwest-branded reusable car seat/stroller bag is available for purchase at any Southwest Airlines ticket counter for a $15 one time fee.)

For more information, here is Southwest Airlines policy.
United Airlines1-800-864-8331YESU.S.One of the following infant articles may be carried on board, in addition to the maximum carry-on baggage allowance:

  • Diaper bag
  • Small collapsible stroller (space permitting)
  • Government-approved child seat (infant carrying seat or car seat)

Strollers and car seats as checked baggage

United accepts one stroller or one car seat in addition to a customer's baggage allowance. When checked as baggage, all oversize and overweight charges will apply. First and second bag fees do not apply to either a stroller or a car seat. United is not liable for damage to strollers. Excess Valuation may not be purchased for strollers.

Note: If you are traveling with a stroller and a car seat in addition to the baggage allowance, only one of these items is carried free of charge.

For more information, here is United Airlines policy.
US Airways1-800-428-4322YESU.S.You're allowed:

  • One fully collapsible stroller or one child restraint device or car seat (no charge)
  • If you're traveling with an infant outside the U.S. or Canada, the infant is allowed one checked bag (max 62in/114 cm and 50lbs/23 kg) -- checked bag fees apply

For more information, here is US Airways policy.
Virgin America1-877-359-8474YESU.S.We do not allow strollers in the cabin of the aircraft but you may check strollers plane side at the boarding gate for no additional charge. We will do our best to keep your stroller damage free however; Virgin America will not assume liability of responsibility for fragile or unsuitably packaged items such as strollers.

Airline policies are subject to change without notice. Please contact your carrier prior to your travel date to confirm the policy before you show up to keep from being surprised on your day of travel.

For more information, here is Virgin America’s policy.
WestJet1-888-937-8538NOCanadaWhen traveling with an infant, you may check in a car seat and stroller at no additional charge. A playpen may be substituted for either a car seat or stroller.

A stroller is considered an assisted device. One medically required wheelchair, per guest, will be carried at no extra charge.
The device must be transported in the cargo compartment.
Braces, crutches, walkers and canes, along with other assistive devices, will also be permitted free of charge.

For more information, here is WestJet's policy.

If you have feedback on regulations that are stated or unstated that we do not have listed above, please provide us your feedback on flying with a stroller.


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