Saturday, March 20, 2010

Traveling With Children

* As of 11/01/2009, Allegiant will no longer accept reservations for Unaccompanied Minors (UM) or unescorted children under the age of fourteen (14) years.

Those UMs with confirmed reservations and all UM fees paid prior to 11/01/2009 will be allowed to fly on an exception basis. Please call Customer Care at 702-505-8888 for additional details.

* What are the ages and restrictions for children? Children thirteen (13) years and younger must be accompanied by an adult fourteen (14) or older.

* What are the ages and restrictions for a Lap Child? Children who are between fourteen (14) days old and under the age of two (2) years old will not be charged if they are not occupying a seat and accompanied by a fare-paying passenger who is fourteen (14) years of age or older. These children are considered and referred to as "Lap Children". Proof of age, such as birth certificate, is required.

* Can I book a reservation online for my child traveling alone? Children between the age of fourteen (14) years old and seventeen (17) years old can be booked online with no extra fees.

* What if there are adverse weather conditions and Allegiant has issued a Weather Advisory? Allegiant recommends children fourteen (14) to seventeen (17) years, traveling alone, do not travel on flights that have the potential to be diverted enroute and we will rebook at no fee.

* What are the requirements for photo identification for children? The FAA requires all passengers over two (2) years of age to sit in their own seat. Allegiant requires that children between fourteen (14) months and twenty-four (24) months of age carry a certified copy of their birth certificate with a raised seal to prove their age. TSA requires government-issued identification for all passengers over eighteen (18) years of age. If a passenger appears to be eighteen (18) years of age, it is recommended they bring photo identification. Photo identification must be issued by a state or national government (such as a driver license, state issued identification cards, or passport). Individuals without government-issued identification may be required to undergo additional security screening.

* Can I take a stroller and car seat in at the gate? Each fare-paying passenger is allowed to take a stroller or a car seat to the boarding area. The stroller or car seat can also be checked at the time of check-in. If the stroller or car seat is taken to the gate, it will be "Gate Checked". This means that it will be put stowed in the cargo hold of the aircraft and will be available upon reaching the aircraft's final destination. The stroller or car seat can then be picked up at gate side.

* What kind of car seat or child restraint device is acceptable? Convertible-type car seats designed for forward or backward installation in a forward-facing aircraft seat. Many of these carry the FMVSS.213 insignia and/or language indicating that they are "approved for use in motor vehicles and on aircraft." Any child restraint device manufactured between January 1, 1961 and February 25, 1985, must have the following label: "This child restraint device conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards." Any child restraint device manufactured since February 26, 1985, must have both of the following labels: "This child restraint device conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards" and "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft."

* What kind of harness-type devices are approved by the FAA? At this time, the FAA has approved only the AmSafe Aviation CARES, which is appropriate for children weighing between 22 and 44 pounds. The AmSafe Aviation CARES must have a label indicating "FAA Approved in Accordance with 14CFR 21.305(d), Approved for Aircraft Use Only."


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