Special items for infants and children

We know traveling with little ones can bring up some unexpected challenges. That's why we're here to help you plan the things within your control. Keep reading to find out more about the items you can and can't bring on board for your infants or children.

What can I bring?

If you're traveling with an infant or child, you can bring the following items on board in addition to your carry-on bag and personal item:

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

Strollers, wagons and car seats

Have questions about what types of strollers or wagons you can bring on board? We've got all the answers in one place. Read on to learn about our travel tips for these items.

  • We'll accept one car seat free of charge for each child in addition to a stroller or folding wagon. 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. 

  • We'll accept one stroller or folding wagon free of charge for each child in addition to a car seat. 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.

    You'll have to check most strollers or folding wagons at the gate before you depart. You can still use them around the airport, though.

    Large, non-collapsible strollers or non-folding wagons can't be checked at the gate, so please see a United representative at the airport check-in counter to check these items.

  • If you have a compact folding stroller, you can bring it on board in addition to your carry-on bag and personal item. Make sure it follows the sizing guidelines listed above.

    Before you board the aircraft, please collapse your compact folding stroller — you won't be able to open it while on board. Once you board, you can place the compact folding stroller either in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.

    Approve 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.

  • We don't consider pack 'n' plays, collapsible cribs and similar products transportation devices. Therefore, you won't be able to check these items at the gate.

    Customers who bring these items to the airport will need to check them as part of their checked bag allowance before going through security.

Please check our Contract of Carriage for information about liability for damaged strollers and wagons on domestic and international flights.

Government-approved child seat

If you have a child seat, it 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 doesn't 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.

We don't reserve space for government-approved child seats, unless you've purchased a ticket 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 isn't 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. 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 bags for child travelers

Our checked bag policy and allowance applies to children with purchased tickets,  including infants traveling internationally on 10 percent of an adult fare. If a child's allowance is exceeded, the extra items will become a part of the fare-paying adult's allowance. All standard restrictions for checked bags and service charges apply.

Use our calculator to find out how much your bags will cost.

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