Approved restraint systems (car seats)
Though WestJet does not supply restraint systems, we will accept Transport Canada or Federal Aviation Administration approved child/infant restraint systems for use in the cabin providing they meet restraint system standards and WestJet's carry-on baggage acceptance guidelines.
WestJet allows child and infant equipment, including restraint systems, to be checked in addition to a guest's checked baggage allowance at no charge.
Non-acceptable infant and child restraint systems
- Booster cushions
- Booster seats, including combination restraint system CMVSS 213.2
- Belly or loop belts
- Infant carriers (such as Snugli®)
When using a restraint system, please remember that:
- all infants/children using a Transport Canada approved restraint system must be in a purchased seat. If you purchase a seat for your infant you must contact WestJet at 1-888-937-8538 so we can add information to your reservation regarding the restraint system.
- The infant/child must be secured in the restraint system for taxi, takeoff, landing or whenever the seatbelt sign is illuminated.
- all infants/children secured in an approved restraint system must be seated beside a guest 12 years of age or older, and is restricted from some seats on the aircraft (for example over-wing exit row or bulkhead aisle seats).
- a restraint systems may be used with or without its base, as long as it is properly secured onboard the aircraft and the system meets the standard(s).
- in most cases, rear-facing restraint systems will be seated in a window seat.
Only restraint systems labelled as follows may be used on WestJet aircraft:
Canadian manufactured systems:
A compliance label must be affixed stating the system has been certified to the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 213 or 213.1, and indicating the date of manufacture as being after January 1, 1981.
American manufactured systems:
For systems manufactured American standards between January 1, 1981 and February 25, 1985, a label must be affixed stating: “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards” (FMVSS).
For systems manufactured after February 26, 1985 two labels are required:
1) "This child restraint system conforms to all applicable FMVSS" and
2) "CERTIFIED FOR USE IN MOTOR VEHICLES AND AIRCRAFT" in red lettering.
Accepted Infant (rear-facing) restraint systems
Rear-facing infant restraint systems are generally restricted to infants weighing less than 9 kg/ 20 lbs, though weight restrictions are specified on the system and can vary from one system to another. Infant restraint systems must be certified to CMVSS 213.1 and must remain secured at all times.
Child (forward facing) restraint systems
Forward facing child restraint systems are generally restricted to children between 9- 18 kg (20 – 40 lbs) though Weight restrictions are specified on the system and can vary from one system to another. Child restraint systems must be certified to CMVSS 213.
Convertible (forward or rear-facing) restraint systems
The term "convertible" is often used by manufacturers to describe restraint systems which can be used as a rear-facing restraint system for an infant and as a forward-facing restraint system for a child. These restraint systems will be accepted when certified as CMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213.1.
Combination restraint systems
A combination restraint system consisting of a combined child restraint system and booster cushion will be labeled as both CMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213.2. These systems may only be used when the internal five point harness system is installed (CMVSS 213). The combination restraint system CMVSS 213.2 not using the internal five point harness is classified as a booster seat and is not approved for use as a restraint system on board the aircraft.
AmSafe child aviation restraint system "CARE™"
An AmSafe child aviation restraint system "CARES™" may be used as an alternative to a car seat on the aircraft. A harness and buckle device that attaches directly to the aircraft seat, the AmSafe child aviation restraint system "CARES™" is restricted for use by children between at least one year of age and not exceeding 36 months of age, weighing between 20-44 lbs (approximately 9-18 kg) and up to 40 inches (approximately 101 cm) in height. The occupant must be in their own seat.
WestJet Vacations package bookings
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.