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Traveling with Infants

For more information on lap child and infants, see Traveling with Infants and Toddlers. To make reservations for a lap child, please call Reservations.

General Information

Hawaiian Airlines reserves the right to request proof of age for infants traveling as a lap child & for international travel (eg. birth certificate copy). If unable to provide proof, applicable fare will be charged. For infants departing under 2 years of age and returning as a 2 year old, the applicable adult fare will be charged for the return flight.


On Hawaiian Airlines' domestic routes infants under the age of 2 years travel free of charge when traveling with an adult (15 years or older). The infant is not assigned a seat and is held on the adult's lap for the duration of the flight. If the infant requires a seat, please book the infant as a regular passenger.

For international travel (inlcuding travel to/from Pago Pago, American Samoa), infants under the age of 2, who do not occupy a separate seat are charged a roundtrip fare or one way fare plus all applicable taxes/fees for all booking classes. Infants must be accompanied by a passenger at least 18 years of age (16 years of age for travel between Hawaii and Pago Pago, American Samoa). A separate ticket will be issued upon payment at time of check-in. Infants occupying a seat on international flights above will be charged 75% of the adult published fare plus applicable taxes/fees and must be accompanied in the same compartment by a passenger at least 18 years of age. Only one infant is permitted to be accompanied by a passenger who has paid the applicable adult fare and at the applicable infant’s charge described below.
NOTE: More than one infant accompanied by an adult passenger will be charged in accordance with accompanied children's fare.


Seat Assignments

If you are traveling with an infant, pursuant to federal regulations, you cannot sit in a designated exit row seat or a seat directly adjacent to an exit. Also, due to federal regulations, only one infant is allowed per seating section due to the availability of oxygen masks. Please note that an infant less than 7 days old may not travel unless you have a doctor's certificate dated within one day of travel stating that the infant will not require any extraordinary medical assistance during the flight. The final decision to transport an infant less than 7 days old will be that of Hawaiian Airlines.

Check-in Bags - Exemption

The following items are all accepted as check-in baggage and exempt from baggage fees when traveling with a child. These items may also be carried on the aircraft as part of your carry-on baggage allowance provided the item can properly fit in the overhead compartment or stowed beneath the seat in front.

  • Car Seats
  • Infant Carrying Seats
  • Strollers

Car Seats / Child Restraint Seats

Car seats are accepted as check-in baggage free of charge when checked in by an accompanying ticketed adult passenger. There is no separate baggage allowance for infants held in a passenger's lap.
Car seats may be carried on the aircraft as part of their carry-on baggage allowance provided the item can properly fit in the overhead compartment or stowed beneath the seat in front, and if in compliance with size/weight restrictions for carry-on baggage. If the car seat is used in-flight on a purchased seat, it is not considered as a carry-on.
In-Flight Use (Seat Purchase)
For the safety of your child, Hawaiian Airlines recommends purchasing a seat for children under the age of two (2) and using an approved child restrain system. However, children under age two may ride in a parents lap at no charge, on domestic flights only. A child under age two (2), when traveling in a seat, must be secured in an airline approved restraint system.
Children under the age of eighteen (18) shall be permitted to use an approved child restraint seat: when a seat is purchased for the child, when the child is accompanied by a parent or guardian, and the child is within the weight limits for the child restraint seat.
Many infant restraint seat manufacturers recommend that children under twenty (20) pounds be secured in a rear-facing position. This may prevent the passenger seated in the seat forward of the restraint from being able to fully recline their seat. Please advise an airport agent before departure so we may assign your seats appropriately.

Seat Assignments

Safety seats must not impede a possible aircraft evacuation. In addition, passengers riding with infants or children in safety seats cannot be seated in an emergency exit row, or the rows immediately in front of, or behind an exit row. Seat assignments may need to be changed in order to ensure compliance with this procedure. Please approach an airport agent before boarding and advise them that you will be using your rear-facing car seat in-flight.

Other Notes

Note: Backless booster type seats, safety belts, belly belts, harness type and vest type devices are not allowed during taxi, takeoff, and landing. Except: CARES Harness. Cares is designed specifically for aviation use for children ages 1 and older, who weigh between 22-44 pounds. Cares is approved by the FAA as an alternative to a car seat for aircraft transportation and may be used during all phases of flight. Flight attendants must check to see the FAA certification label is sewn inside the red CARE loop.

All safety seats brought on board a Hawaiian Airlines flight must meet one of the standards described below.

  1. Seats manufactured between January 01, 1981 and February 26, 1985 must have the following label to be considered acceptable for use...
    "This child restraint system conforms to all Federal motor vehicle safety standards"
  2. Seats manufactured after February 26, 1985 must have additional labeling printed in Red to be acceptable for use. The label reads...
    "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft"
  3. Some safety seats are manufactured outside the U.S. and do not have the labels described above. These restraint systems must be manufactured with standards approved by the U.N. The labels are marked with a circle surrounding the letter "E" followed by the distinguishing number of the country that has given approval and a category and mass number of the seat. These numbers are similar to serial or model numbers found on seats manufactured in the U.S.

Safety seats that do not have a label stating certification for use in aircraft, or seats manufactured before Jan 1, 1981, are not acceptable for use in-flight.


You may check in your standard collapsible stroller at the gate or at the check-in counter free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult passenger and being used by a traveling child. If you have a large stroller we recommend that you check it at the ticket counter. Strollers over 50lbs and non-collapsible strollers must be checked at the ticket counter and will be returned to you at baggage claim.


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