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
  • Breast pump and milk
  • Government-approved child seat (infant carrying seat or car seat)
  • Compact folding stroller that meets the carry-on baggage size guidelines (9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches or 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches)

Strollers, wagons and car seats

United accepts one stroller or folding wagon, and one car seat free of charge for each child. This includes children under the age of two traveling on an adult's lap and infants traveling internationally on 10 percent of an adult fare, charged at the time of infant ticketing (it is usually less expensive to purchase the infant ticket in advance).

Customers can use strollers or folding wagons throughout the airport, but most must be checked at the departure gate. If you have a compact folding stroller, you can bring it on board in addition to your carry-on bag and personal item. These strollers can be stored either in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. You’ll need to collapse your compact folding stroller before boarding the aircraft and won’t be able to open it while on board.

Approved compact folding stroller brands include:

  • gb Pockit Stroller
  • BabyJoy Pocket
  • Silver Cross Jet Ultra Compact
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If your child’s stroller can’t fit on the aircraft, you can check it at the gate and we’ll give it to you at the aircraft door at your connecting city or destination. Large, non-collapsible strollers or non-folding wagons cannot be checked at the gate, so please see a United representative at the airport check-in counter to check these items. Please check our Contract of Carriage for information about liability for damaged strollers and wagons on domestic and international flights.

Please note: Pack ‘n’ plays, collapsible cribs and similar products are not considered transportation devices and are not considered gate-check items. Customers who bring them to the airport will need to check them as part of their checked baggage allowance before passing through security.

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.

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