Newborn infants and infants under two
Children under age two at the time of departure are considered infants, and may travel as a lap-held infant (with a guest 12 years of age or older) without requiring a seat to be purchased for them. Please be sure to bring appropriate identification for your infant. (Photocopies are acceptable).
If you plan to travel with an infant, particularly one less than eight days old, we recommend checking with your physician or pediatrician first. Changing air pressure during the flight may cause ear discomfort or be associated with other effects in infants.
Age related information
Fare-paying guests, 12 years of age or older, may allow one infant under two years* of age to travel in their lap. A ticket is required for all infants, but lap-held infants are not charged a base fare or taxes. Certain fees must be collected on flights to the United States including the U.S. Department of Agriculture APHIS fee (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) and the U.S. Immigration User Fee.
Once your child has reached their second birthday, Transport Canada requires that they occupy their own seat. If your infant has their second birthday while you are travelling and your return flight is within 30 days of their birthday, you will need to contact WestJet to avoid issues or delays for your return flight.
*Please refer to our One Person One Fare program for information on travelling with a child under two years of age who has a physical or mental disability.
Seating information and restrictions
- You will be required to hold your infant on your lap during taxi, take-off, landing, at any time the seat belt sign is illuminated, and at any time you are instructed to do so by the flight crew.
- Infants must be lap-held by the accompanying guest 12 years of age or older, or secured using a car seat for the duration of the flight.
- Transport Canada mandates that infants are not permitted in the emergency exit row, and that no person shall be responsible for more than one infant (any child under two years of age) on board. For example, infant twins would need two persons, 12 years of age or older, to travel with them.
- Two lap-held infants will not be seated in the same row, due to the number of oxygen masks in each row.
- WestJet recognizes the likelihood of your lap-held infant playing peek-a-boo with other guests as being pretty much 100%, and generally fun for everyone involved.
You may purchase an additional fare at regular price and bring your own Transport Canada approved restraint system for your infant to travel in. If you do, you must call us at 1-888-937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET) so we can add information to your reservation regarding the restraint system. Detailed information on accepted models and devices can be found on our car seats and restraint systems page.
Extra baggage allowances
When travelling 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.
More tips for travelling with an infant
If you are travelling with children, you might want to book flights that fit into their regular feeding and sleeping schedule. Also, to avoid busy flights, you may want to look into booking flights during non-peak travel times, like Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Be sure to pack your carry-on with enough diapers, baby wipes, snacks, bottles, pacifiers and toys. A change of clothes for your little one is always a good idea. To make it all a little easier, the washroom at the rear of the aircraft is equipped with a change table.
As any parent who has flown with children knows, take-offs and landings can be uncomfortable for little ears. It's caused by a pressure imbalance and you can help ease the discomfort by:
- Feeding or nursing your child during take-off and landing
- Giving your child a piece of candy or gum (if they are allowed, of course)
- Giving your child their pacifier
If your child has a cold or ear infection, you may want to contact your doctor to make sure it's safe for them to travel, as the pressure felt in the ears increases when congested.
If your child suffers from airsickness, you may want to consult your doctor about medications or methods to help minimize their discomfort. Of course, in case you need it, every seat pocket is equipped with an airsickness bag.
WestJet Vacations package bookings
For guests travelling on a WestJet Vacations package, the following information applies in addition to the above information:
- Car seats are not provided by the transfer company
- Car seats are accepted at no charge
- Requests and payment for cribs and cots can be made directly with the hotel
- Please see our hotel information for more details