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Children, Infants and Expectant Mothers FAQ

Get all the information you need to know about children, infants and expectant mothers flying with Porter.

Infants and expectant mothers

If you are expecting, you may travel with Porter up to and including your 36th week. Even though you do not require medical clearance, we recommend you consult your physician before flying.

If you are between 36 to 38 weeks pregnant, you must present a doctor’s note issued within 48 hours of your departure flight in order to fly.

If you are more than 38 weeks along, you will not be able to fly with us.

For interline travel, note that our partner airline’s policy may be different. Please contact them directly for details.

If you know you will need to travel shortly after you’re due to give birth, you can make your own booking as usual. Please contact us after your baby is born and we’ll arrange for your baby to be added to your reservation as a lap-held infant.

If you plan to fly soon after your baby’s birth, please confirm with your physician that both you and your baby are fit for travel.

Infants must be 7 days or older to travel on a Porter flight. You must have a medical clearance certificate issued by a physician to present at Check-In for any infant less than 7 days old.

If you are travelling with an infant under the age of 2, you can choose between two options:

Purchase a paid seat

You can pay a full fare and have your infant travel in an approved car seat which fits into the aircraft seat securely.

This reservation cannot be booked online, so contact us at 1-888-619-8622 and we'll be pleased to help you.

Travel with the infant seated in your lap

Lap-held infants are not charged a base fare or taxes. However, airlines must collect certain fees on flights to the United States (for example, U.S. Immigration User Fee/Customs Processing Fee).

You must hold the infant on your lap for the duration of the flight.

Only one lap-held infant is permitted for each ticketed adult.

Seats cannot be reserved for lap-held infants.

Yes, as per regulatory requirements any child who has reached or exceeded two years of age requires a seat to be purchased in order to travel. This reservation cannot be booked online, so contact us at 1-888-619-8622 and we'll be pleased to help you.

You may either purchase a seat for the entire journey or you can travel with your child as a lap infant on the departing flight and purchase a seat for the return flight only.

For the safety of both the adult and the child, Canadian Aviation Regulations require that no one person can be responsible for more than one infant (children under the age of two).

If a situation arises in which it is necessary to evacuate an aircraft, the evacuation must be carried out as quickly as possible. It would be very difficult to evacuate an aircraft while holding two or more infants because the rows, aisles and emergency exit openings are very narrow.

No, passengers are not permitted to travel with both an infant and a pet.

Children and more

Porter offers the same fare types for all passengers regardless of age.

Passengers travelling with infants or small children are permitted to carry, free of charge, one stroller and one car seat per child.

Parents travelling with an infant under 2 years of age (without a paid seat) are permitted a small diaper bag containing baby items as an additional carry-on.

For more details, visit Baggage Allowance for Children and Infants.

When you fly with Porter you may take your child’s stroller right up to the aircraft. Shortly before boarding one of our staff will take it from you and return it at the aircraft door after landing.

If you are travelling with a large, heavy stroller, it may need to be checked as gate facilities at some airports are not designed to accommodate them.

Lavatories on board a Dash 8-400 are too small to accommodate a diaper changing table, however diaper changing stations are available in the restroom facilities in all Porter lounges and most airports.

For information on government regulated ID requirements applicable to air travel, please visit Identification Requirements for Children and Infants.

A child restraint system or child car seat can be used on board to increase the safety of infants and children. Their use is recommended, but not mandatory.

On board the aircraft, the child restraint system must be attached to a seat. Therefore, should you choose to use a child restraint system for a child under the age of two on board the aircraft, you must purchase a ticket for your infant.

For more information on approved child restraint devices, please visit Car Seats and Child Restraint Systems.

We strongly recommend that a person younger than 18 (or under the age of majority, depending on the province or territory of residence) carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone, with only one parent/guardian, with friends or relatives or with a group.

A consent letter is not a legal requirement in Canada, but it can simplify travel for Canadian children, as it may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving a foreign country or by Canadian officials when re-entering Canada. The letter demonstrates that Canadian children have permission to travel abroad from parents or guardians who are not accompanying them.

We recommend that you talk to a lawyer about the legal issues that apply to you and your children’s unique situation, particularly if your parenting arrangement has special terms governing international travel. Carrying a consent letter does not guarantee that children will be allowed to enter or leave a country, as every country has its own entry and exit requirements.

For additional information about entry and exit requirements for Canadian children travelling alone, with only one parent or with another accompanying person, see Government of Canada’s Country travel advice and advisories External site which may not meet accessibility guidelines or contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the destination country.

In order to accompany a child under the age of 12, a passenger must be at least 16 years of age at the time of departure.In order to accompany a child under the age of 12, a passenger must be at least 16 years of age at the time of departure.

Porter offers an unaccompanied minor service (UM service) for children aged 8 to 17 travelling without a guardian. The service is available for a fee and is offered on non-stop flights only.

The unaccompanied minor service is mandatory for children aged 8 to 11 who are travelling alone. This option is also available, though not mandatory, for passengers between 12 and 17 years old.

To book travel for an unaccompanied minor, please contact the Porter Call Centre at 1-888-619-8622.

To learn more about the UM service, visit our Children Travelling Alone page.

To book travel for an unaccompanied minor, please contact the Porter Call Centre at 1-888-619-8622.