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Car seats and restraint systems

We appreciate that travelling with your infant or small child can be stressful. By providing some guidelines here, we hope we can help to make you and your child more comfortable. WestJet accepts Transport Canada or Federal Aviation Administration approved child/infant restraint systems, more commonly referred to as car seats, for use in the cabin providing they meet restraint system standards and WestJet's carry-on baggage acceptance guidelines.

WestJet does not supply car seats or other restraint systems.

WestJet allows child and infant equipment, including car seats, to be checked in addition to a guest's checked baggage allowance at no charge.

When using a car seat, please remember that:

  • If you plan on having your child use a car seat on board the aircraft, you must purchase a seat on board for them. Contact us at 1-888-937-8538 so we can prepare your reservation for a car seat.
  • The infant/child must be secured in the car seat for taxi, takeoff, landing or whenever the seatbelt sign is illuminated.
  • All infants/children secured in a car seat must be seated beside a guest 12 years of age or older, and are restricted from some seats on the aircraft (for example over-wing exit row or bulkhead seats).
  • In most cases, rear-facing car seats will be seated in a window seat.

Conditions for car seat:

  • May be used with or without a base, as long as it meets the standard and is properly secured.
  • Must be used with their internal harness system installed
  • Must be used within the limitations and conditions specified by the manufacturer

Only car seats labelled as follows may be used on WestJet aircraft:

Canadian manufactured systems:

  • Manufacturer's name and, subassembly part number and the CAN-TSO number must be visible
  • The car seat must conform to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 213 or 213.1, as indicated on the National Safety Mark in the diagram below:


NOTE: XXXX in the National Safety Mark above will have either 213 or 213.1.

American manufactured systems:

The statements of compliance on the car seat must indicate:

  • This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS); and
  • This Restraint is Certified for Use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft (in red lettering)

AmSafe child aviation restraint system "CARES™"

The child aviation restraint system "CARES™", manufactured by AmSafe, is a harness and buckle device that attaches directly to the aircraft seat. It may be used as an alternative to a car seat on the aircraft.

Conditions for acceptance:

  • The car seat must bear a legible label that states:
    • CARES™
    • FAA APPROVED in accordance with 14 CFR 21.305(d), approved for aircraft use only
    • PNR (part number) 4082-1-(X)-(X)
  • The car seat must be used within the limitations specified by the manufacturer found on the device
  • The guest responsible for the occupant must be familiar with:
    • Manufacturer’s installation instructions and limitations for the device
    • Method of securing and releasing the occupant from the device
    • Procedures for evacuating the occupant secured in the device

The following restraint systems are not permitted for use on board the aircraft:

  • Booster cushions
  • Booster seats, including combination restraint system CMVSS 213.2 when used without the internal harness
  • Belly or loop belts
  • Baby hammock (such as FlyeBaby™)

The following restraint systems are permitted for use on board the aircraft during flight only:

  • Infant carriers (such as Snugli®) are allowed to be used in flight, but not during takeoff and landing

In addition to the information above, guests travelling on a WestJet Vacations package should also be aware that car seats are not provided by the transfer company.