Also keep in mind that this rule can bite you even if you’ve done your homework and chosen seats on the proper side of the plane for the given equipment – you never know when the person next to you will have a lap child!
(The reason for this is that as you’ll see next, most lap children on domestic flights aren’t declared until check in.) For domestic flights, it’s really simple.
It just depends on the circumstances such as how long the flight is, and how much the extra seat would cost. For the rest of this post, I’m going to address the most common questions surrounding this policy.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive reference on the topic, but rather some tidbits that we’ve learned along the way.
Since you must be at least 15 to sit in an exit row, that immediately precludes lap-children.
And that makes sense because it would be pretty hard to open a 40 lb door without .
A much more subtle rule is that there can only be one lap child per row per side of the plane.
The reason for this is that there is only one extra oxygen mask on each side.
Now even this gets tricky—some equipment only has the extra mask on one side, and on a few aircraft, they are only in designated rows (which of course, are not marked!
) So if the flight attendant tells you that you can’t sit there with a lap child, this is quite likely the reason.
In case you missed it, I’m testing out the idea of adding contributors to the blog.
This isn’t intended as a means of replacing me (hopefully), but rather as a way to add new and interesting perspectives, which I think you guys will enjoy.
My first new contributor is my good friend Travis, who will be writing a post every Wednesday to start.