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Travelling with Infants

Travelling with Infants

At every stage in the journey, Emirates offers special assistance to make travelling more comfortable and convenient for our youngest flyers and their families.

Any person under two years is an infant. For more information, see our Special Needs FAQs page.

On the ground

Whether you require a bassinet*, children's meals, or any other special service, just let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements. For the comfort of families with young children and to ensure that your flight takes off smoothly, Emirates offers priority boarding to families with young children. We also offer complimentary baby stroller service at Dubai International Airport (on arrival and transit only) for all of our passengers.Twin baby strollers are also available.  

Comfort on board

For families travelling with infants, we have equipped every Emirates plane with:

  • Pillows and blankets
  • Large overhead storage lockers
  • Changing tables in the toilets

We also have bassinets on board all of our aircraft, measuring approximately 29.5 inches (74.93 cm) long by 13 inches (33.02 cm) wide by 6.5 inches (16.51 cm) deep. There is a weight limit of 11 kgs. In the First Class suites a custom bassinet is fitted that measures 25 inches (63.5 cm) long and 11 inches (28 cm) wide.

Infant safety

For the safety of our youngest passengers, certain rules apply to infants travelling with Emirates.

An infant held in the lap of an adult passenger throughout the flight should be restrained where possible, but adult seat belts must not be fastened around both adult and infant. Seat belt extensions carried on board all Emirates aircraft should be used instead.

Child restraint devices (CRDs) approved for use in aircraft only by any Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or Transport Canada may be used, if marked accordingly.

Parents or guardians may use infant car seats at any stage of the flight. Airport Services will approve the infant car seat at check-in for use onboard. Cabin crew will assist parents with the fitting of the car seat to the passenger seat. The car seat must be the forward facing type only and one that can be secured to the seat by the use of the lap seatbelt, and not a shoulder harness (2-point seatbelt) as per car vehicles.

A seat must be booked and child's fare paid for infants travelling in this manner. Passengers must supply their own approved infant car seat as per the list below.

Acceptable car seats:

  • Seats accepted by United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations (FMVSS) No. 213, and are manufactured to those standards on or after February 26, 1985. US approved seats manufactured after this date must bear the following labels in red lettering: “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft;” and “this child restraint system conforms to all applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.”
  • Seats approved to Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) No. 213, entitled “Child Restraint Systems” or CMVSS No. 213.1, entitled “Infant seating and restraint systems.”
  • Seats meeting European safety standards requirements of ECE regulation 44, -03, or later series of amendments.
  • Seats qualified for use in aircraft according to German “Qualification Procedure for Child Restraint Systems for Use in Aircraft” (TÜV Doc.TÜV/958-01/2001).

Should your car seat not meet any of these requirements, it can be put in the hold as checked baggage.

Installation

Child restraint devices and car seats may only be installed on aircraft seats with the type of connecting device they are approved and qualified for.** All safety and installation instructions must be followed carefully by the person accompanying the infant. Cabin crew will prohibit the use of any inadequately installed CRD or car seat that does not meet the above qualifications.

* Bassinets are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact Reservations prior to departure to book this facility.
** For example, CRDs to be connected to a three-point harness only (most rearward-facing baby CRDs currently available) shall not be attached to an aircraft seat with a lap-belt only. A CRD designed to be attached to a vehicle seat by means of rigid bar lower anchorages (ISO-FX or US equivalent) only, shall only be used on aircraft seats that are equipped with such connecting devices and shall not be attached by the aircraft seat lap belt. The method of connecting must be clearly shown in the manufacturer’s instructions provided with each CRD.