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Children & Infants

General

We love having children travel with us. There is no difference between an adult or child fare, but there are some very important rules for children traveling. Anyone under the age of 12 is considered to be a child.   

Children between the ages of 12-18 years of age may travel unaccompanied on non-stop flights only.

Note: All children, regardless of age, must be accompanied by original identification (see Security & Safety).

As any parent who has flown with children knows, take-offs and landings can be painful for their little ears. It’s caused by a pressure imbalance and you can help soothe the discomfort by:

  • Feeding your babies during take-off and landing.
  • Offering your child a piece of candy or gum (if they are allowed, of course).
  • Giving your child a pacifier.
  • If your child has a cold or ear infection, you may want to contact your doctor to make sure it’s safe to travel as the pressure felt in the ears increases when congested.


Infants (under 2 years)

Children under age two at the time of departure are considered to be infants, and may travel as a lap-held infant (a single infant with a customer 18 years of age or older) without requiring a seat to be purchased for them. A separate seat can be purchased for your infant at the regular fare, and they must be secured using an approved restraint device (see below for approved devices).

Infants must be lap-held by the accompanying customer 18 years of age or older, or secured using a car seat for the duration of the flight. 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.

All infants/children secured in a car seat must be seated beside a customer 18 years of age or older, and are restricted from some seats on the aircraft (for example: over-wing exit row or bulkhead aisle seats).

When travelling with an infant, you may check in two complimentary items such as a stroller, child restraint device and/or playpen.

Identification

  • A birth certificate providing proof of age is required for your infant. If being held on the lap, the infant’s name and age must be identified at the time of the adult booking.
  • Your physician’s advice on infant travel is recommended.
  • Transport Canada requires that any child two years and older must occupy their own seat.
  • 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, 18 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.

Car Seats and Restraint Systems

  • Car seats are not provided by NewLeaf Travel Company or Flair Airlines.
  • If a car seat is to be used for an infant, the car seat type should be noted on the booking.
  • Only car seats labelled as follows may be used on Flair Airlines aircraft:
    • Canadian manufactured systems:
      A "statement of compliance" label must be affixed stating the car seat 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 to 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.
  • The following types of car seats may be used:
    • Rear-facing car seats: Rear-facing infant car seats 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 car seats must be certified to CMVSS 213.1 and must remain secured at all times.
    • Forward-facing car seats:  Forward-facing child car seats are generally restricted to children between 9-18 kg (20-40 lbs) though weight restrictions are specified on the seat and can vary from one seat to another. Child car seats must be certified to CMVSS 213.
    • Convertible (forward or rear-facing) car seats:  The term "convertible" is often used by manufacturers to describe car seats which can be used as rear-facing for an infant or forward-facing for a child. These car seats will be accepted when certified as CMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213.1.
    • Combination car seats: A combination car seat consisting of a combined child car seat and booster cushion will be labelled as both CMVSS 213 and CMVSS 213.2. These systems may only be used on board when the internal five point harness system is installed (CMVSS 213). The combination car seat CMVSS 213.2 not using the internal five point harness is classified as a booster seat and is not approved for use on board the aircraft.
    • AmSafe child aviation restraint system "CARES™": An AmSafe child aviation restraint system "CARES™" may be used as an alternative to a car seat on the aircraft. It has a harness and buckle device that attaches directly to the aircraft seat, and is restricted for use by children at least one year of age to four years of age, weighing between 22-44 lbs (approximately 9.9-19.9 kg), and up to 40 inches (approximately 101 cm) in height. The occupant must be in their own seat.
  • The following infant restraints are not permitted: Booster cushions, Booster seats (including combination restraint system CMVSS 213.2 when used without the five point harness), Belly or loop belts, Infant carriers (such as Snugli®), or Baby hammock (such as FlyeBaby™). 

NewLeaf is bound by Transport Canada regulations with regards to acceptable child restraint devices. 

Expecting mothers

If you are pregnant and 36 weeks or more into your pregnancy, we ask that you check with your medical professional prior travelling. Safety is our primary concern, and we want you to be as comfortable as possible during your trip.
Here are some tips to help you stay as comfortable as possible:

  • For a small fee you can purchase an aisle seat on one of our flights (this will allow for easier access to the lavatory and other amenities)
  • If you haven’t selected your seat online you can always call us at 204.888.HELP (4357) to reserve your spot at a small fee
  • Keep in mind, if you do not purchase a seat one will assigned to you at your time of check-in

As safety is something we value at NewLeaf, we do ask our customers to keep their seat belt fastened at all times when seated. We recommend that you keep the seat belt fastened under your belly and low on the hips. If you require a seat belt extender for comfort, just ask one of our partner’s flight attendants and they will be happy to provide one for you.

New mothers
If you have given birth within the last seven days, we ask that you check with your medical professional prior travelling.