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      families

      & children

      travelling with children 12 and under on flair

      infants (under 2 years of age)

      Proof of age is recommended for infants under 2 years in the form of a birth certificate. Children under the age of two at the time of departure are considered to be infants and may travel with an adult 18 years of age or older as a lap-held infant without requiring a seat to be purchased for the infant.

      If you have a child under two years of age, you can bring a diaper bag free of charge in addition to your free personal item. You may also check in two complimentary items, such as a stroller, car seat, or playpen.

      Infants which are lap-held must be in the lap of the accompanying adult for the duration of the flight. Accompanying adults are required to hold the infant during taxi, takeoff, landing, at any time the seat belt sign is illuminated and when instructed to do so by the flight crew.

      A separate seat can also be purchased for an infant at the regular fare, and they must be secured using an approved restraint device (see below for approved devices). All infants/children secured in a car seat must be seated beside their parent or guardian 18 years of age or older. Infants are restricted from occupying specific seats on the aircraft.

      No single passenger shall be responsible for more than one infant whether the infant is held on the lap of an accompanying passenger or where a seat has been purchased for the infant.

      When booking with an infant for International Travel (flights to/from Mexico), there will be an infant fare added which is calculated as 20% of the adult base fare.

      Proof of age is recommended for infants under 2 years in the form of a birth certificate. Children under the age of two at the time of departure are considered to be infants and may travel with an adult 18 years of age or older as a lap-held infant without requiring a seat to be purchased for the infant.

      If you have a child under two years of age, you can bring a diaper bag free of charge in addition to your free personal item. You may also check in two complimentary items, such as a stroller, car seat, or playpen.

      Infants which are lap-held must be in the lap of the accompanying adult for the duration of the flight. Accompanying adults are required to hold the infant during taxi, takeoff, landing, at any time the seat belt sign is illuminated and when instructed to do so by the flight crew.

      A separate seat can also be purchased for an infant at the regular fare, and they must be secured using an approved restraint device (see below for approved devices). All infants/children secured in a car seat must be seated beside their parent or guardian 18 years of age or older. Infants are restricted from occupying specific seats on the aircraft.

      No single passenger shall be responsible for more than one infant whether the infant is held on the lap of an accompanying passenger or where a seat has been purchased for the infant.

      When booking with an infant for International Travel (flights to/from Mexico), there will be an infant fare added which is calculated as 20% of the adult base fare.

      children (between 2-12)

      All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Children over 2 are required to have their own seat and may not be seated on a lap. Minors under 12 are encouraged to carry identifications such as a passport, an original birth certificate or a non-government photo ID (e.g. student card).

      All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Children over 2 are required to have their own seat and may not be seated on a lap. Minors under 12 are encouraged to carry identifications such as a passport, an original birth certificate or a non-government photo ID (e.g. student card).

      unaccompanied minor

      Minors are encouraged to carry identifications such as a passport, an original birth certificate or a non-government photo ID (e.g. student card). Flair strictly adheres to this unaccompanied minor policy. No exceptions will be made.

      flights within canada

      Minors between the ages of 12 and 17 may travel unaccompanied but ONLY on non-stop flights (i.e. direct flights that have a stop en route cannot carry unaccompanied minors).

      Minors aged 12-17 who are traveling unaccompanied without supervision on non-stop flights will be considered an adult for booking purposes.

      flights to/from us

      Minors between the ages of 16 and 17 may travel unaccompanied but ONLY on non-stop flights (i.e. direct flights that have a stop en route cannot carry unaccompanied minors)

      Minors are encouraged to carry identifications such as a passport, an original birth certificate or a non-government photo ID (e.g. student card). Flair strictly adheres to this unaccompanied minor policy. No exceptions will be made.

      flights within canada

      Minors between the ages of 12 and 17 may travel unaccompanied but ONLY on non-stop flights (i.e. direct flights that have a stop en route cannot carry unaccompanied minors).

      Minors aged 12-17 who are traveling unaccompanied without supervision on non-stop flights will be considered an adult for booking purposes.

      flights to/from us

      Minors between the ages of 16 and 17 may travel unaccompanied but ONLY on non-stop flights (i.e. direct flights that have a stop en route cannot carry unaccompanied minors)

      children travelling with 1 parent

      Children travelling with only one adult should consult the Government of Canada Travel Guidelines for additional documentation that may be requested by Flair or Airport security. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/children-travel

      Children travelling with only one adult should consult the Government of Canada Travel Guidelines for additional documentation that may be requested by Flair or Airport security. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/children-travel

      minors travelling internationally

      All minors (infants and children) are required to have a valid passport issued by a sovereign nation to travel internationally. The accompanying adult may also be required to show further documentation when traveling with an infant, including:

      1. Documents establishing legal custody;
      2. Parental consent letter authorizing travel;
      3. Death certificate if one parent is deceased.

      All minors (infants and children) are required to have a valid passport issued by a sovereign nation to travel internationally. The accompanying adult may also be required to show further documentation when traveling with an infant, including:

      1. Documents establishing legal custody;
      2. Parental consent letter authorizing travel;
      3. Death certificate if one parent is deceased.
      expecting and new mothers

      An expectant mother with a complication free pregnancy will be accepted for travel up to the 32nd week of her pregnancy without a medical certificate.

      An expectant mother who is in or beyond the 32nd week of her pregnancy must present a medical certificate:

      • dated within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time; • which must state the physician has examined the patient and found her physically fit to travel by air; and • which must state the estimated date of birth.

      In the interests of safety, we ask our passengers to keep their seat belts fastened at all times when seated. We recommend that expectant moms keep the seat belt fastened under their belly and low on the hips. Seat belt extenders are available upon request.

      Mothers who have given birth within seven days of flying are asked to check with their medical professional prior traveling.

      An expectant mother with a complication free pregnancy will be accepted for travel up to the 32nd week of her pregnancy without a medical certificate.

      An expectant mother who is in or beyond the 32nd week of her pregnancy must present a medical certificate:

      • dated within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time; • which must state the physician has examined the patient and found her physically fit to travel by air; and • which must state the estimated date of birth.

      In the interests of safety, we ask our passengers to keep their seat belts fastened at all times when seated. We recommend that expectant moms keep the seat belt fastened under their belly and low on the hips. Seat belt extenders are available upon request.

      Mothers who have given birth within seven days of flying are asked to check with their medical professional prior traveling.

      car seats & restraint systems

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

      • Car seats are not provided by Flair.
      • If a car seat is to be used for an infant, the car seat type should be noted on the booking.
      • Only car seats labeled as follows may be used on the Flair 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™).

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

      • Car seats are not provided by Flair.
      • If a car seat is to be used for an infant, the car seat type should be noted on the booking.
      • Only car seats labeled as follows may be used on the Flair 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™).
      tips when travelling with children

      Take-offs and landings can be painful for their little ears due to the pressure imbalance. To minimize the discomfort, you should try offering your child a piece of candy or gum, giving your child a pacifier, or providing food or drink. If your child has a cold or ear infection, contact your doctor to make sure it’s safe to travel as the pressure felt in the ears increases when congested.

      Take-offs and landings can be painful for their little ears due to the pressure imbalance. To minimize the discomfort, you should try offering your child a piece of candy or gum, giving your child a pacifier, or providing food or drink. If your child has a cold or ear infection, contact your doctor to make sure it’s safe to travel as the pressure felt in the ears increases when congested.









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