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Qantas Flying With Kids Information

All the Qantas flying with kids information in one place. Including:

  • Flying when pregnant
  • Flying with a newborn baby, and baby or toddler under two
  • Kids’ baggage allowance
  • Car seat policy
  • Other child restraint device policies
  • Pushchair/stroller policy
  • Bassinet policy
  • Baby and child meals
  • Inflight entertainment for children
  • Other family services provided
  • Current mask rules for children
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QANTAS FLYING WHEN PREGNANT

After 28 weeks, you need to carry a certificate or letter from a registered medical practitioner or registered midwife confirming:

  • the estimated date of delivery
  • whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy
  • that your pregnancy is routine and that there are no complications.

The certificate or letter must be available on request and be carried with you at the airport and during the flight in your cabin baggage. If you do have complications with your pregnancy, medical clearance is also required.

Flights of 4 hours duration or greater

For routine pregnancies, you can travel up to the end of the 36th week for single pregnancies and the end of the 32nd week for multiple pregnancies (e.g. twins).

Flights of less than 4 hours duration

For routine pregnancies, you can travel up to the end of the 40th week for single pregnancies and the end of the 36th week for multiple pregnancies.

Note: Qantas and this site don’t represent that travel is safe for you at any particular point during your pregnancy. You must seek advice from your own medical practitioner before your flight. The periods referred to above are only the Qantas minimum requirements.

Country specific requirements for pregnant customers

Some countries place limitations on the entry of non-national pregnant women. It’s best to check with the local consulate to confirm their country specific requirements.

QANTAS NEWBORN POLICY

Medical clearance is needed if you’re travelling within 7 days of your delivery date. Infants cannot travel for 48 hours after delivery and need medical clearance to travel between 3 and 7 days after delivery.

Healthy newborn babies may travel after seven days of delivery without medical clearance. We don’t recommend you travel within this time. If you need to travel within seven days of delivery, you’ll need to get Qantas medical clearance by completing our medical travel clearance form (PDF) and emailing it to Qantas special handling.

FLYING WITH BABY POLICY (INFANTS UNDER 2 YEARS OLD)

Lap infants and infants with their own seat.

International travel

For international services, infants must have their own ticket.

All infants booked online are booked without a seat and must travel either in the lap of the adult travelling with them or be placed in the bassinet if available when permitted during flight.  

If preferred, you can choose a Seat with Bassinet in advance online, so you and your family can travel together in more comfort.

Domestic travel

On domestic services, infants can travel on their parent or guardian’s tickets when sitting on their lap.  Infants must be booked on their own ticket if they require their own seat.

Travelling with more than one infant

When booking online, there is a limit of one infant per adult booked. If you need to book an infant with a seat or book travel that involves more infants than adults, please contact Qantas to make your booking. When more than one infant travels with one adult, each additional infant must occupy a seat and be able to sit upright without assistance or travel in an approved child car seat or restraint.

FLYING WITH CHILDREN AGED TWO AND OVER

Infants who become children while travelling

If your child turns 12, or your infant turns 2, after travel has commenced, Qantas will allow you to use the ticket at the reduced fare within its validity. To book please call your local Qantas office.

KIDS’ BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON QANTAS

INFANTS BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Checked baggage:

FlightAllowanceAdditional items
DomesticNonePlus 3 infant items:
collapsible stroller or push-chair;
collapsible cot or bassinet; and
car seat or baby capsule.
International flights to/from The Americas1 piece up to 10kg (22lb) with total dimensions not exceeding 115cm (45in)Plus 3 infant items:
collapsible stroller or push-chair;
collapsible cot or bassinet; and
car seat or baby capsule.
International flights on all other routes (other than The Americas)10kg (22lb)Plus 3 infant items:
collapsible stroller or push-chair;
collapsible cot or bassinet; and
car seat or baby capsule.

Hand Baggage:

Food and nappies required during a flight may be carried in addition to the accompanying adult’s carry-on baggage allowance.

CHILDREN AGED 2 and ABOVE BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE

Checked baggage:

FlightAllowanceAdditional items
DomesticSame as standard adult allowancePlus 2 child items:
car seat; and
collapsible stroller or pushchair.
International flights to/from The AmericasSame as standard adult allowancePlus 2 child items:
car seat; and
collapsible stroller or pushchair.
International flights on all other routes (other than The Americas)Same as standard adult allowancePlus 2 child items:
car seat; and
collapsible stroller or pushchair.

Hand Baggage:

The carry-on baggage allowance for children is the same as for adults.

FAA approved car seats, stickers showing airline approved car seats
Airline approved car-seat label examples

QANTAS CAR SEAT POLICY

Child car seats can be carried onboard most Qantas and QantasLink flights and secured to an aircraft seat if approved by Qantas prior to travel. Approval can’t be obtained at the airport. Infants will need to be booked with a seat by contacting your local Qantas office to make the booking (infants booked online are booked as lap infants without a seat).

Child car seats must have at least one the following relevant certifications:

Country of saleStandard design or requirements
Australia and/or New ZealandAustralian/New Zealand design standard AS/NZS 1754New Zealand Standard: NZS5411
AmericaEither:
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States of America standard FMVSS 213; or
both the following markings: “This Restraint is Certified for Use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft” in red lettering and “This seat conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS)”.
CanadaAny one of the following:
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard CMVSS 213 entitled “Child Restraint Systems”;
CMVSS No. 213.1 entitled “Infant Seating and Restraint Systems”; or
marked “this restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft”.
Europe and UKEuropean Safety Standard requirements of United Nations ECE Regulation 44 (UN/ECE 44).

For any other overseas designed car seats, please contact Qantas .

The following information can be used as a guide:

  • Forward facing child restraint systems for infants and children weighing between 9 and 18 kgs (20lbs and 40lbs).
  • Rear facing child restraint systems for infants weighing under 9kgs (20lbs) (although some seats may be certified to carry children of greater weight). Rear facing seats are generally large and may not fit in Economy seats or only selected seats. Rear facing seats are permitted without an attachment base only if certified by the manufacturer as suitable for installation in aircraft seats without the base. You will need to contact your local Qantas office to make arrangements for the seat.

For children over the age of four or over 18kgs (40lbs) and/or over 100cm tall – an aircraft seat is recommended.

All restraints must be in good condition, show no signs of damage and be fitted to the aircraft seat in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions by the responsible adult travelling with the child.

Booster seats are prohibited on Qantas aircraft. A booster could be simple cushion or a shell base, back with side wings, and does not contain a built in harness. It only enhances the positioning of the seat’s harness on the child.

Seat allocation for use of car seats and child restraint systems is restricted, and availability may vary by aircraft type. Not all aircraft and all cabins are able to accommodate car seats and child restraint systems, particularly those that require the use of a top tether point. Please call Qantas to check before you book.

Car seats can’t be located in an aisle seat or in an exit row. If there are two responsible adults travelling with a child, and the allocated child car seat is in the centre aisle, then the two responsible adults must be seated on either side, adjacent to the child car seat.

While Qantas make every effort to carry passengers in pre-assigned seating, seating is subject to change for operational, safety or security reasons, even after boarding.

Car seats airplane, child restraint devices CARES harness back
CARES harness (front) Photo courtesy of Tim Kelley AmSafe CARES

Other Child Restraint Device Policies

The Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) is an approved alternative to car seats. This harness style restraint device is suitable for a child weighing 10-20kg (22-44lb) whose height is 100cm (40 in) or less and who is capable of sitting upright alone. It’s required to be fitted to the aircraft seat by the responsible adult travelling with the child. Find out more about the CARES system.

Customers are responsible for supplying their own car seat or child restraint system. Pre-approval for the use of a child seat can be organised with your local Qantas office. We recommend you contact us to make your booking at least 7 days prior to your intended travel date, as pre-approval must be finalised at least 24 hours before departure. You’ll also need to show your device to our airport staff on the day of travel, including at check-in.

QANTAS PUSHCHAIR/ STROLLER POLICY

To make your time on the ground easier, most mainline Australian airports have strollers available for you to use once you have checked-in your own personal stroller. Staff will be on hand at the boarding gate ready to collect the stroller and to further assist you with pre-boarding the aircraft.

QANTAS BASSINET POLICY

Does Qantas supply a bassinet/carrycot?

Seat with Bassinet is available for a charge for customers travelling in international Economy and is complimentary for customers travelling internationally in First, Business or Premium Economy on flights operated by an A380 or A330 aircraft. 

How do I reserve a bassinet/carrycot on Qantas?

Bassinets should be booked in advance via Manage Booking.

When can I choose my seat on Qantas?

You can select your seat on Qantas operated flights after making a booking.

What happens if I don’t reserve a bassinet/carrycot seat?

If there are no bassinets available, then the infant may be held or travel in a Child Restraint (car seat). Additional charges will apply for travel with a Child Restraint and pre-approval is required. 

What is the size/weight limit for Qantas bassinets/carrycots?

Infants must weigh less than 11kg and be able to lie flat in the bassinet at the time of travel. Bassinets on Qantas flights are approximately 71cm long, 31cm wide and 26cm deep.

What does the Qantas bassinet/carrycot look like?

flying with a baby tips, Essential airline bassinet seat chart
Qantas Bassinet

BABY AND CHILD MEALS ON QANTAS

Does Qantas provide baby food?

Qantas provide a limited range of top brand baby food, milk, baby bottles, cereals and rusks, but it’s a good idea to bring the brand your baby knows and prefers.

Does Qantas provide child meals?

You can request a child, toddler or baby meal when you’re booking your flight or after making your booking via Manage booking. 

QANTAS INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN

Kids entertainment

Our dedicated child-friendly channels have something to keep kids of any age entertained, with exciting activities, radio, games and audiobooks to tune into.

Kinderling kids radio

An exclusive radio station created just for kids, Kinderling radio is filled with awesome songs, playlists and tunes to entertain them on the flight. The three brand new channels, Ready Jet Go, Settle Peatle or Sleepy Time will occupy their minds, help calm their nerves and get them off to sleep on various stages of the flight. Our friendly cabin crew can show you how to access Kinderling radio via seat-back screens or your own device using the Qantas Entertainment App

Kids audiobooks

Put the iPad away and tune into a delightful story. With a library of nine audiobooks from award-winning Australian and international children’s authors, there’s a book for all reading levels. Favourites include Jackie French (Diary of a Wombat and Other Stories), David McKee (The Elmer Treasury) and Sally Rippin (The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster).

Audiobooks can be accessed via a seat-back screen, or your own device using the Qantas Entertainment App.

Joey Club art studio

Help settle your kids inflight with the Joey Club art studio interactive colouring game, featuring all of our characters, including Matilda the kangaroo and Queenie the emu.

Kids can choose to colour an iconic scene at a Qantas destination such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Hollywood sign in LA, New York’s skyline or London’s Big Ben. Keep a look out for the game, on aircraft with seat-back entertainment systems.

Inflight kids’ kits

Qantas new complimentary kids’ kits are here to help keep children (3 to 6 years) entertained onboard. The new kits include an aircraft window shaped etch-a-sketch and activity booklet in a zip-lock bag.

All kids travelling on domestic and international flights, are welcomed onboard with a kit. On selected international flights, our youngest travellers will also be offered Qantas’ exclusively designed Joey Club socks featuring Matilda the kangaroo. 

Mini cabin crew outfits

Discover the fun and vibrant range of Qantas crew uniforms dedicated to our most important junior travellers. If your child dreams of learning to be a pilot or cabin crew member, our dress-up range will allow them to let their imagination fly and embrace the magic of travel.

OTHER FAMILY SERVICES PROVIDED

Joey Club zones

Start your family adventure in style and join us in one of our Joey Club zones at selected Australian lounges. (Lounge access eligibility is based on the class of travel, Qantas club membership or the Frequent Flyer Membership tier for your next onward flight.) 

Joey Club zones are equipped with dedicated iMac computers, kids’ furniture, toys and books allowing the little ones to play while mum and dad relax before the flight. In selected Joey Club zones, kids’ meals and refreshments are also available.

Locations

Qantas Club Lounges: Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne Perth and Darwin. 
International Business Lounges: Sydney and Melbourne.

Joey Frequent Flyers

Kids love the Joey Club. Children of any age could earn Qantas Points on flights (so long as they are not travelling on an infant fare and have their own seat), hotel bookings and more. (You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions.)

Kids aged 3-11 who join the Frequent Flyer program receive a welcome pack, including their own Joey Club passport. 

QANTAS FACEMASK POLICIES FOR CHILDREN

You’re required to wear a mask on all Australian domestic flights.

Your face mask needs to cover your mouth and nose and must be worn unless you’re under 12 years of age or have a medical condition.

INDIVIDUAL AIRLINE INFORMATION FOR FLYING WITH KIDS

Find out all the information about flying with kids on your airline. From car seats to strollers to lap infants to bassinets, luggage allowance, facilities on board and much much more.

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