It’s probably sooner than you think , if your baby is at least two days old most airlines should be happy for him to fly. However , some airlines will insist that your baby is at least 2 weeks old. There are no standard regulations , so it’s best to check with your airline before you book because an infant’s immune system is no match for some of the viruses and bacteria’s that floats around on airplanes and in airport. If Grandma can’t come to you then you wait until your baby is at least 2months old and preferably 4-6 months old before taking a flight.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TRAVEL WITH A BABY ON FLIGHT ?
Everyone who enters an airport including babies , needs to show some form of ID , but while a government issued photo ID is required of adults , often a birth certificate will serve just fine for infants and children when traveling on domestic routes.
CAN YOU GET A PASSPORT FOR A NEW BORN ?
Obtaining a U.S passport for a new born isn’t much different than obtaining one for an adult. Even at one day old , infants needs passport to travel abroad including to Canada and Mexico. You must apply for the passport in person at a passport acceptance facility and bring your baby as well.
HOW OLD DOES YOUR BABY HAVE TO BE TO FLY FREE ?
Traveling with the infant on your lap : one child over 14 days old and under 2 years of age , not occupying a seat maybe carried free of charge when traveling with an adult (12 years of age an older). Although a boarding pass is not required for the infant but will need a boarding verification document.
8 BASIC THINGS YOU MUST DO BEFORE BOARDING THE FLIGHT
(1) Purchase a Ticket
(2) Make available photo identification
(3) Pack your carry-on bag carefully
(4) Ensure that your luggage meets airlines requirement
(5) Get to the airport early
(6) Check-in at the airline desk.
(7) Go through security
(8) Locate your boarding gate