You may use an FAA-approved child restraint system (CRS) or child safety seat in certain seats on board the aircraft if you have purchased a seat for your child, including customers who have purchased a Basic Economy ticket. United doesn't provide child restraint systems or child safety seats.
The FAA has approved the use of the child safety restraint system CARES (Child Aviation Restraint System) for travel. This system uses an additional belt and shoulder harness that goes around the back of the seat and attaches to the lap belt. Children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds may use this device. More information about CARES and other child restraint requirements is available at faa.gov/travelers/fly_children/.
Child safety seats or restraint systems are preferred in window seats. Your child restraint system may be secured in a seat other than the window seat if a member of your traveling party is seated in the window seat and the child restraint system doesn’t block a customer’s exit to the aisle. If the exit to the aisle is blocked by your child safety seat or child restraint system, then it must be secured in a window seat. For your child’s safety, the use of child restraint systems isn’t permitted in rear-facing seats or in seats directly in front of, behind or in the exit row on any aircraft. Child safety seats or restraint systems also aren’t permitted in United Polaris® business class on 767, 777 and 787 aircraft, including those with rear-facing seats.
Car seats manufactured after February 1985 should also be certified for use in aircraft. You should place your child in the child safety seat for takeoff, landing and during turbulence.
Booster seats, belly belts attached to adult seat belts, and vests or harnesses that hold an infant to an adult’s chest can't be used on board the aircraft.
We're unable to seat customers under the age of 15 in exit rows due to federal regulation.