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Old 21.07.2012, 13:48
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Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

Hello,

I have a question about using baby strollers when flying.

We're going to be flying to the U.S. from Zurich with a stop in Amsterdam. We'll be flying via both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Airlines.

We're going to be taking our baby stroller with us (the kind used for older babies, where they can sit upright), and we want to use it while walking through the airport and during our layover, etc. So I don't want it to be checked as baggage. I want them to be able to have it for us at the gate when we get off the plane, etc.

But I'm not sure if we'll be allowed to or if we'll have to check it as "checked baggage" since it's not the umbrella-type stroller. It's not a HUGE stroller, but it's also not the lightweight umbrella-type.

Has anyone had any experiences with this? I tried asking the airlines directly, but they didn't seem to have any straight answers.
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Old 21.07.2012, 14:19
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I always thought there was a golden rule that if your stroller is one piece when folded that it could be side-checked just before you board the plane and picked up when you exit. This is what I plan to do with my little one come December as I'll also have a longish layover in Frankfurt on my way to Orlando. :-S
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Old 21.07.2012, 14:54
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

The approach varies according to airlines. On some they will let you take it to the boarding point then they check the stroller into luggage to you destination others may give it back at different connections.
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Old 21.07.2012, 14:57
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

Thanks. I'm amazed at how ambiguous the airlines' websites are, when it comes to what you can and cannot do or bring for the baby.

I'd actually just prefer to buy an umbrella stroller and bring that -- rather than risk it. But my husband is convinced that we'll be fine with the regular stroller. Grrr. I told him that if he's wrong, it's going to be him that will have to carry the baby through the airport and during our 4-hour layover in Amsterdam.
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Old 21.07.2012, 15:13
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

From experience, it really depends on the airline, but most people travel with umbrella strollers, and bring them right to the door of the plane, and then it's given back to you soon as you get off the plane. The other thing is that they might not let you take it to the gate if it can't fold small enough to pass through the security x-ray machine - ours has definitely been scanned multiple times!

Personally, I'd invest in an umbrella stroller. When travelling to visit family etc, we found that if we asked our relatives/friends to ask around, it was easy enough to find someone to loan us a pram, carseat, travel cot etc.

If you'd like to borrow an umbrella stroller, and Adliswil is convenient for you, we have one that we're not currently using. It's similar to this one:
http://www.britax.com.au/strollers/s...stroller-red-1

The four features I wanted for my stroller was that it had high handles (husband and I are not so short), layback function, a big shade and the lightest we could get with those features....
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Old 21.07.2012, 15:19
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

Thanks so much, Swisspea.

I think I'm just going to buy an umbrella stroller and use that. I don't want to risk it. And I'll pretend that I accidentally threw away the receipt so my husband can't force me to return it.

It hadn't occurred to me that it would need to also pass through the X-ray machine, so thanks for pointing that out!
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Old 21.07.2012, 17:09
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

I have twins and you can imagine what kind of limousine-like pushchair we had. Except once with EasyJet going to Mallorca, we have never ever had any other issue to take it up to the door of the plane. There I folded it and the airlines staff took care of it. Once landed, it was always next to the door if a finger or next to the stairs. Very easy.
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Old 21.07.2012, 19:16
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

I used my bugaboo to fly to Portugal with TAP at Easter. As you know, bugaboos are in two parts.

I could take it all the way to the entrance of the plane. When I got out of the plane it was waiting for me at door. Perfect!
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Old 21.07.2012, 19:31
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

Thanks y'all.

I ended up calling KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (again) today. After being on hold for 15 minutes, I was finally able to speak to someone -- and she told me that unless it's an umbrella-type stroller, it has to be checked as luggage. Ugh.

So I guess that just kind of confirms that I should get an umbrella stroller.

I just really wish these airlines' websites were more specific. It wouldn't surprise me if they needlessly cause a lot of travelers with children more stress and inconvenience by not being more specific about what is and what is not allowed.

Anyways, thanks again for all the input!
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Old 21.07.2012, 22:04
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

A lot of airports seem to have changed their policies recently and places where we had no problem previously we have had to check it in. Thankfully my son is now old enough for an umbrella stroller.

You may not get it back at your Amsterdam layover though. To be honest I think a lot depends on who is checking you in. If you make a big enough fuss they may have one you can borrow while you are in Amsterdam but be prepared that you may have to do without. Do you have a carrier you can take with you?
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Old 21.07.2012, 23:39
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

We have a Quinny Zapp for travel, and its perfect because it folds down to cabin size. Every other method and airline is hit and miss e.g. you can push the buggy upto the plane, but then they take it off you and when you disembark you usually have to pick it up at baggage reclaim. On the infamous Basel > Gatwick flight, you're dumped at the furthest possible gate which is a backbreaking 20 mins walk, so having the Quinny is a Godsend.



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Old 21.07.2012, 23:48
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

If you turn up at the boarding gate with your little bundle in place, then they should just take the folded up stroller and cache it up front (of the cabin), where it can be easily returned to you on de-boarding (that's providing it's only an umbrella type basic stroller - anything bigger than it goes in the belly).
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Old 22.07.2012, 00:22
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Re: Question about using baby stroller/wagon when flying

Thanks. I remember often seeing people's strollers waiting for them when I got off of a plane. Of course, though, I never noticed what type or size the strollers were. I didn't pay attention to that stuff until I had a baby of my own.

We do have a carrier, but I'd prefer to use a stroller during our 4-hour layover, so I definitely want an umbrella stroller that they will (hopefully) just store in the cabin for us.

Now I'm just trying to figure out what exactly I can and cannot bring through security in terms of boiled water, formula and baby food.

Any experiences with that to share?
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