Can I bring my baby stroller or child carrier through a TSA security checkpoint and on a plane? It’s a question that every new mom has to ask on her first flight with a child.
Yes, you can. The stroller will need to be screened first.
Keep in mind though that there is no one standard when it comes to checking or carrying-on strollers, here are the stroller policies of some airlines around the world. Of course, policies can change at any point, so please double check with your carrier of choice before travel if you need additional clarification on their current stroller rules.
TRAVELING WITH A STROLLER
You can transport a foldable stroller and car seat in the hold at no extra charge. Some strollers may be accepted in the cabin, subject to space availability. Depending on the type of stroller, the following size limits apply.
Small foldable stroller:* dimensions cannot exceed 15 cm x 30 cm x 100 cm / 5.9 in x 11.8 in x 39.4 in
Other foldable stroller: this replaces your child's hand baggage allowance and once folded, its dimensions cannot exceed 55 cm x 35 cm x 25 cm / 21.7 in x 13.8 in x 9.8 in.
Please note: strollers must be packed in a carrying case that covers the stroller fully. In addition, for security reasons, some airports may have to deny access to strollers inside the boarding areas.
Strollers and prams
Infants and children can take a stroller and/or car seat for no extra charge in addition to any other allowances, even if their fare does not include checked baggage.
Single strollers with a completely collapsible frame and seat will normally fit in the overhead locker on our 777-300, 777-200, 787-9 and A320 Domestic aircraft only. On our other aircraft they must be checked in because there is limited locker space. If the flight you are travelling on is full, airport staff may request that your stroller is checked in.
Prams, three-wheeled jogger-style buggies and larger strollers do not fit in the overhead locker and must be checked-in on all aircraft.
Flights within Mexico: One bassinet or strolled is allowed. Infants traveling on passenger’s lap are not subject to additional baggage allowance.
International Destinations: one additional piece of luggage besides the stroller or bassinet, not to exceed 20 kg (44 pounds) in weight or 1.15 m (45 inches) in size as a carry-on is allowed.
An umbrella-type collapsible stroller or any type of foldable stroller within the standard cabin bag size and weight after folding (if cabin stowage is available)
Passengers travelling with infants in any class of service are also permitted one (1) handbag for infant food (weight must not exceed 5 kg/11lb) and other inflight necessities and one (1) fully collapsible stroller / carry-cot, as a carry-on item if cabin space is available or else as checked baggage in the hold.
One infant’s carrying basket or fully collapsible stroller, push-chair, car seat or CARES harness. There is no limitation of volume, weight, size for infant’s push chair, or carrying basket. The fully collapsible stroller can be stored in the closed overhead bin.
If you’re an adult traveling with children, you may bring on board the following as part of your carry-on baggage allowance-as long as the items can properly fit in the overhead compartment or beneath the seat in front of you. If these items are checked in, they’ll be exempt from baggage fees for the ticketed adult passenger who’s traveling with the child. (There is no separate baggage allowance for an infant you hold in your lap.)
Infant carrying seats
(seems to be that gate checking is strongly encouraged, but it does not say it is required)
For each child you may always bring 1 collapsible stroller free of charge on any KLM flight. If the stroller will not fit under the seat or in the overhead baggage compartment, you can check it in at no extra charge.
Since storage space is limited in the aircraft cabin, the acceptance of baby prams/strollers as cabin items will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the storage space is taken up, these items will need to be loaded in the aircraft hold.
You may carry onboard any type of compact foldable light-weight stroller only if they meet the following requirements:
The stroller must meet SIA’s standard cabin bag dimensions (up to 7kg and sum of length, width and height should not exceed 115cm) and must be able to be stored in the cabin overhead compartment.
The stroller will be counted towards your cabin baggage allowance for your class of travel (i.e. your compact foldable lightweight stroller will be counted as 01 piece of cabin bag).
The stroller must be folded and packed into its carrier bag prior to boarding.
The stroller must not be opened and used in the aircraft cabin at all times.
Compact foldable light-weight strollers will be checked in if there is no space in the cabin. Strollers that do not meet the above requirements will also have to be checked in. These strollers, when checked in, will not be counted as part of your checked baggage allowance.
Do you know any other carrier that allows strollers on board? Please comment and share below to spread the traveler butterfly love! And for more guides like this, don't forget to subscribe.