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Travelling on Easyjet with child in carseat

Does anyone have any experience of taking a car-seat on to a plane?

My wife will be getting a flight to the UK later this month with two babies under the age of two. (One adult, two babies). The eldest who is 23 months will sit on her lap; the other (who is only two months old) will go in a carseat on an adjacent seat.

After I had paid and confirmed the booking, the lady on the phone mentioned that the seat "must be upright facing, and must be no wider than 42cm to ensure it fits between the armrests".

Ours is 45cm at its widest point, but this is below the level of the armrest, so it should still fit properly. As it is for a baby less than three months old, it does not go upright - none of them do for children of that age.

I would seek clarification from Easyjet, but I usually end up speaking to a Indian based call centre where the staff seem not to know/care.

Any experiences? Thanks.
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Any experiences? Thanks.
Most typical carseats, such as Maxicosi Cabriofix are not allowed as they are rear-facing.
Then, they can deny any car seat which is not IATA approved, no matter what you hear from the call center.

In any case I would recommend the 23month old gets his/her own seat, and the 2 month old travels on your wife's lap. The seat will go into baggage hold and you don't have to pay extra (one stroller or car seat or baby carrier is allowed free of charge, also on Easyjet).
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Re: Travelling on Easyjet with child in carseat

Thanks. My understanding though is that a 23 month old cannot travel in their own seat unless they're in a car seat - have I misunderstood?
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Re: Travelling on Easyjet with child in carseat

Rather than trying to be all witty about Easyjet's helpdesk, you can start by checking their website about their rules and regulations on flying with children/infants and which happens to be quite comprehensive (if you take your time to actually read it):

http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/prepa...-with-children

http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/prepa...ldrens-baggage


It's your responsibility to ensure that your car seat qualifies as acceptable or not according to below two requirements from Easyjet:

•able to fit in the 42cm space between the arm rests on the aircraft seats
upright and forward facing (For safety reasons, a backward facing seat cannot be used when the fasten seat belt sign is on. So, unless your infant will be sitting on your lap at these times, they must be the right age for a forward-facing seat).


You can't expect a call center employee or anyone on the planet for that matter to know all types of car seats available on the market, hence the stipulations above apply for all Easyjet flights.

The Easyjet website further states that "Only 2 infants are allowed with every one accompanying adult" and "If you wish any infant under 2 to have their own seat you will need to bring a car seat to use on the plane."

So long story short if you decide to take a Maxi Cosy type 45 cm wide "upside facing" car seat then you are at risk of not being allowed to use it, as simple as that.

It can then go into the hold of the plane but then your wife is left with two infants on her own, which she can't/won't be allowed to take both on her lap.
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Rather than trying to be all witty about Easyjet's helpdesk, you can start by checking their website about their rules and regulations on flying with children/infants and which happens to be quite comprehensive (if you take your time to actually read it)
...And if you'd taken the time to read my post, you'd note that I asked for people's experiences. Some companies can be more or less strict than others on certain things - hence why I'd hoped for some insight rather than a restatement of the rules.

If you don't have anything to offer other than glib remarks and criticism, why waste your time responding? Surely you have better things to do.
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...And if you'd taken the time to read my post, you'd note that I asked for people's experiences. Some companies can be more or less strict than others on certain things - hence why I'd hoped for some insight rather than a restatement of the rules.

If you don't have anything to offer other than glib remarks and criticism, why waste your time responding? Surely you have better things to do.
You are really funny. You make a borderline racist remark about Easyjet call center, I actually spend time in formulating a reply to your question (the most valuable one so far I believe), and you groan me for that?

Grow up please.
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Re: Travelling on Easyjet with child in carseat

Experiences are nice as people get lucky. If you end up with ground handling staff that adheres to the rules, it is nice others got lucky but you could be denied flight if that car seat is not according to the required measurements.
Remember? Safety IS a huge issue when flying.

So yes, it is a good idea to post/read the airline rules and regulations on this and it makes sense to me that DonPiedro sent the links to that.
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...And if you'd taken the time to read my post, you'd note that I asked for people's experiences. Some companies can be more or less strict than others on certain things - hence why I'd hoped for some insight rather than a restatement of the rules...
I've flown EasyJet many times, albeit not with kids. In my experience, they are not one that is "less strict." They are the exact opposite, and if it costs the customer more money by enforcing the rules then they are happy to enforce the rules.

I could see you getting by with the width of the seat, so long as it actually fit between the armrests and didn't disturb the passenger next to the seat.

The problem I see is the rear-facing aspect. If you only had one child, then that child could be in the parent's lap during takeoff and landing and when the seatbelt sign is on (as mentioned in the rules). The rest of the time the child could be in the rear-facing seat. However since you have two kids, and mom can't hold both of them, you'll need a forward-facing car seat to be within the rules. I just don't see a flight attendant waiving this.

The easiest/cheapest solution I can see is what glinaa suggested - put the older child into a forward-facing car seat and carry the infant. Otherwise you're risking having delays or missing the flight altogether...both of which would result in a very unhappy wife.
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Re: Travelling on Easyjet with child in carseat

If your seat will not fit properly and your elder child is less than two years old, they cannot sit on their own seat.

The airline is ultimately responsible for your safety, and if you cannot comply with the safety rules, they will simply refuse you boarding. All the anecdotes in the world won't change that. It'll be you stood crying at the gate, not some random from the Internet.

If you merely want people to side with you, then fine; go for it. Tell them mirfield said it'd be no problem.

Otherwise, get an approved seat or make other arrangements (it might be cheaper and simpler to fly with another person who will look after the toddler).
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...It'll be you your wife stood crying at the gate, not some random from the Internet...
FTFY Happy wife, happy life and all that...
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Re: Travelling on Easyjet with child in carseat

Thanks all for your responses.

I've followed your advice: the eldest is now going to be in her own forward facing seat which meets the criteria. The youngest will travel on my wife's lap.
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Thanks all for your responses.

I've followed your advice: the eldest is now going to be in her own forward facing seat which meets the criteria. The youngest will travel on my wife's lap.
You might just want to plan what she'll do at the other end.

If the buggy doesn't come to the plane steps (and maybe even if it does), and a bloody minded toddler decides they want to be carried, then that seat is going to be awkward.

Same with loo trips and nappy changes on the plane with two little ones in tow.

It's not insurmountable, but it's best to think about it before you need to.
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Does anyone have any experience of taking a car-seat on to a plane?

My wife will be getting a flight to the UK later this month with two babies under the age of two. (One adult, two babies). The eldest who is 23 months will sit on her lap; the other (who is only two months old) will go in a carseat on an adjacent seat.

After I had paid and confirmed the booking, the lady on the phone mentioned that the seat "must be upright facing, and must be no wider than 42cm to ensure it fits between the armrests".

Ours is 45cm at its widest point, but this is below the level of the armrest, so it should still fit properly. As it is for a baby less than three months old, it does not go upright - none of them do for children of that age.

I would seek clarification from Easyjet, but I usually end up speaking to a Indian based call centre where the staff seem not to know/care.

Any experiences? Thanks.
Been there. Done that with wifey and the two kids. Just a month ago with EasyJet in Basel.

Went out to the tarmac with the maxi cosey. My wife expected to take it on board. The airport crew said we could try to carry it onboard and see if it worked. Then I thought, we were the first ones out here, now the line up the stairs is crazy long. Am I going to go up there with the maxi cosy, deal with the line and narrow aisle, just to put the car seat in the chair to realize the seat belt won't fit! Forget that! Plus, I've never seen a maxy cosy on a flight. So, we handed over the chair, which was already tagged at baggage drop-off just in case, and we didn't use the extra seat we bought for our infant.

It was mentioned already in this post. Put your two year old in the next seat and strap your baby to your wife. It will be fine. Annoying, but fine. Such is airline travel these days.

Good luck to your wife travelling alone! I think the real trouble (at least for us) is keeping the 2 year old under restraint in the airport, esp in all the security lines. My wife won't fly unless I accompany her. So, congrats.
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