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Infant and child articles

Customers may carry the following infant and child articles on board, in addition to the maximum carry-on baggage allowance:

  • Diaper bag
  • Government-approved child seat (infant carrying seat or car seat)

Strollers and car seats

United accepts one stroller and one car seat free of charge for each child, including children under the age of two traveling on an adult's lap and infants traveling internationally on 10 percent of an adult fare.

Note: If requested by the customer, United can check strollers at the departure gate. United is not liable for damage to strollers. Customers cannot purchase excess valuation for strollers.

Government-approved child seat

The seat must conform to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle standards. If manufactured after February 2, 1985, the seat must be certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft.

The accompanying adult is responsible for ensuring that the seat functions correctly, that the child does not exceed the seat's limitations, that the child is properly secured in the seat and that the child seat is secured to the aircraft seat.

United does not reserve space for government-approved child seats, unless a ticket has been purchased for that seat. If space is available after boarding is completed, customers may use adjacent unused seats to secure the government-approved child seat. If space is not available after boarding is completed, the item must be stowed in an approved storage space.

AmSafe's CARES (Child Aviation Restraint System) may be used on board United Airlines aircraft. Other booster seats, restraint vests and restraint harnesses may not be used on board. Note: The FAA label must be attached to the AmSafe device. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that it is correctly used on board the aircraft.

Checked baggage allowance for children

The standard checked baggage allowance applies to children with purchased tickets, including infants traveling internationally on 10 percent of an adult fare. If a child’s baggage allowance is exceeded, the excess will become part of the fare-paying adult's baggage allowance. All standard checked baggage restrictions and service charges apply.

Use our baggage calculator to determine the checked baggage service charges for your itinerary.