Flying with Kids

A Better Way To Go Akron Canton Airport

Tips On and Preparing for Flying with Kids

We love kids, too. And it's great to see the excitement on their faces when they're about to get on an airplane. You never have to feel intimidated or stressed when flying with children, because at Akron-Canton Airport, it's easy-breezy! Take the guesswork out of your next vacation with our guide to Traveling with Kids, to make sure your vacation is memorable from start to finish.

CAK offers flights to wonderful, family-friendly vacation destinations, so it’s with great pride that our airport is designed to make families like yours feel comfortable while here.

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Airline Guidelines

We know as parents, you have a lot on your plate! So let us help you out by answering your questions about traveling with infants, babies and little ones. Below you'll find the most recent airline guidelines for flying with kids.

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Carry-on items

  • American Airlines allows each ticketed passenger a carry-on bag and personal item. Parents are allowed one carry-on diaper bag per child.
  • Breast pumps are considered an “"assistive device” — and therefore do not count as your personal item. You will be able to bring your pump tote, personal item and carry-on.

Strollers and car seats

  • Each ticketed customer is allowed 1 stroller. Only small, collapsible and light strollers (up to 20 lbs.) can be checked at the gate. Any stroller that weighs over 20 lbs., is too large or is non−collapsible must be checked at the ticket counter.
  • Customers are allowed 1 stroller and 1 car seat per ticketed passenger. Both items may be checked at the ticket counter or one item can be checked at the gate and one at the counter. These items are checked at no charge, when traveling with a child or to adopt.

No Ticket Required

  • Held by an adult (lap child): A parent or any person 16 years or older may hold the infant in their lap, the infant must be included in the reservation by calling American Airlines reservations. International taxes and percentage of adult fare may apply.

Ticket Required

  • Once a child has reached their second birthday, the child is required to have a purchased seat at an adult fare.
  • In a reserved seat: If your infant will travel in his or her own seat, you must buy a ticket and bring a safety seat approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Carry-on items

  • Allegiant allows each ticketed passenger a carry-on bag and personal item in addition to necessary medical and assistive devices (including strollers), one jacket or coat, a small umbrella, food for consumption en route and/or a diaper bag.

Strollers and car seats

  • You may check a stroller as checked baggage at the time of check-in at the ticket counter or gate check it during boarding. There is no charge for checking or gate checking one stroller per fare-paying passenger. Gate checked strollers will be stowed in the cargo hold of the aircraft during the flight and delivered to the gate or passenger loading bridge upon arrival at your destination.

  • We recommend seating your child in a car seat during flight. If your child will not be seated in his or her car seat during the flight, you may either: (1) check the car seat as checked baggage at the time of check-in at the ticket counter and retrieve it at baggage claim upon arrival or; (2) gate check the car seat during boarding and retrieve it at the gate or passenger loading bridge upon arrival at your destination.

  • There is no charge for checking or gate checking one car seat per fare-paying passenger. 

No Ticket Required

  • Held by an adult (lap child) aged under 24 months: A parent or any person 15 years or older may hold the infant in their lap. Birth certificate is required. 

Ticket Required

  • Children aged 2-14+ years old: must have their own ticket and seat reservation, be accompanied by a passenger who is at least 15 years old, and may not be seated in an exit row. Children weighing under 40 lbs will need a car seat. Birth certificate or other identification with birthdate is strongly recommended. 
  • Children aged 15-17 years old: may fly on their own, but will not be permitted on flights with a weather advisory. Birth certificate or other identification with birthdate is strongly recommended. 
  • Children 18+: Government issues ID required. 

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Carry-on items

  • Guests may bring one personal item on board for no charge. A personal item can be a purse, briefcase, small backpack, or laptop bag. The personal item must fit under the seat in front of you and should not exceed the maximum dimension of 17 x 13 x 8 inches.
  • Breeze allows one carry-on bag per Guest. One carry-on bag is included with Nicer fares and available to purchase with Nice fares. The carry-on bag must fit in the overhead bin, with the maximum dimensions of 22 x 14 x 9 inches (including handles and wheels). Any carry-on bag that exceeds the dimensions noted above will be checked at the gate.
  • According to TSA regulation, items needed for infant nourishment such as baby formula, juice, breast milk, and breast pumps do not count towards your carry-on limit. Breastfeeding and the use of breast pumps are allowed during Breeze flights. Many airports also offer private rooms for breastfeeding or pumping.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​These liquids may be carried on in "reasonable quantities." They can be greater than 3.4 ounces and do not have to fit in a quart-sized bag. Please remove these items from your bags during your security check and inform the TSA officer that you have these items.
  • Infant changing tables are available in both our E190 and E195 airplanes. The E190 has a changing table in the rear lavatory, and the E195 has changing tables in both the forward and rear lavatory.

Strollers and car seats

  • One stroller and one car seat may be checked for no extra cost at the ticket counter or at the gate.
  • Car seats can be brought on board if a separate seat was purchased for the child. Please be aware that car seats may not fit in every seat on the airplane. Make sure your car seat is government approved and has "This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft" printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check the car seat. For more information, visit FAA Flying with Children.

No Ticket Required

  • Infants under two years old may travel as a lap child and do not require their own seat. Only one lap child is permitted per traveling adult. A birth certificate may be requested for age verification.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A seat can be purchased for an infant if desired but is not necessary. If a seat is purchased, an approved car seat must be used for travel. ​For children two years old or older, an individual seat must be purchased.
  • Guests traveling with small children between the ages of 2-12 are eligible for Family Seating.

Young Adults

  • Breeze does not allow unaccompanied minors under 13 years old.
  • Children between 13 and 18 years old are considered adults when purchasing a reservation and traveling on Breeze. When booking a flight for a young adult traveling alone, please be sure they can make their way through security checkpoints and the airport, follow safety instructions, and handle potential flight disruptions.

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Carry-on items

Customers may carry the following infant and child articles on board, in addition to the maximum carry-on baggage allowance:

  • Diaper bag
  • Breast pump

Strollers and car seats

  • United accepts one stroller and one car seat free of charge for each child, including children under the age of two traveling on an adult's lap.
  • If requested by the customer, United can check strollers at the departure gate. United is not liable for damage to strollers. Customers cannot purchase excess valuation for strollers.
  • United does not reserve space for government-approved child seats, unless a ticket has been purchased for that seat. If space is available after boarding is completed, customers may use adjacent unused seats to secure the government-approved child seat. If space is not available after boarding is completed, the item must be stowed in an approved storage space.

No Ticket Required

  • Children under the age of two traveling within the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with a parent or with an adult 18 years or older can travel on the adult's lap free of charge.

Ticket Required

  • If there are two or more children under the age of two traveling with the same adult, only one of the children may travel as a lap child. Any additional children are required to have tickets for their own seats.
  • Once infants turn two years old, they are required to have a purchased ticket and occupy a seat. Infants who reach their second birthday after their outbound flight must have a purchased ticket and occupy a seat for their return flight(s).
  • If you prefer the child to sit in a seat with an approved restraint

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Age Ranges

  • 4 Years and Younger: Children 4 years old and younger may not travel alone. Another guest at least 15 years of age must accompany them. Does not need a ticket.
  • 5-14 Years: Children 5-14 years old must travel as an Unaccompanied Minor when not traveling with an adult at least 15 years old. Unaccompanied Minors are accepted only on direct flights which do not require a change of aircraft or flight number.
  • 15 Years and Older: Guests 15 years old and older are not required to have Unaccompanied Minor service, but they may be asked to present a picture ID or birth certificate to verify their age. The Unaccompanied Minor service charge will be collected if guests 15 and older if the service is requested.

 

Guidelines for Unaccompanied Minors

The following are guidelines that must be followed when a child is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor:

  • When making a reservation, please advise us that the booking is for an Unaccompanied Minor.
  • Please check in at the ticket counter at least 60 minutes prior to departure.
  • At check-in, an Unaccompanied Minor form must be completed at the airport by drop-off parent/guardian with photo identification before we can accept the child for travel. This form will be inserted into the lanyard we provide that the Unaccompanied Minor must wear throughout the entire flight, and is needed for Spirit Airlines employees to identify Unaccompanied Minors.
  • The person dropping off the child at the airport should request a gate pass at the ticket counter, escort the child to the gate, and remain in the gate area with the Unaccompanied Minor until after the flight takes off. Gate passes will only be issued to non-traveling individuals who present a Government issued photo ID.
  • The person dropping off the child must remain at the gate for 15 minutes after the flight takes off.
  • The child will be pre-boarded and identified to the Flight Attendant as an Unaccompanied Minor. Unaccompanied Minors arriving too late to be pre-boarded may be boarded last to ensure the introduction to the Flight Attendant.
  • The pick-up parent/guardian designated on the Unaccompanied Minor Form must arrive at the destination airport early to get a Gate Pass from the ticket counter and be at the gate for aircraft arrival. The child will be escorted off the aircraft by a Flight Attendant and released to the pick-up parent/guardian on the Unaccompanied Minor form.

Tips and Tricks

  • Considering the time of your flight, will it interfere with nap time or dinner time? Making small adjustments to nap time the day of your flight may help.
  • Check the website of the airport to which your are flying (especially connecting airports) to find the location of nursing rooms, family restrooms, play areas and restaurants that you may need while there.
  • Decide if you want to bring a car seat onboard; if so, you will need to purchase a ticket beforehand to guarantee the space.
  • Select your seat beforehand. If traveling with your partner, choose the aisle and window seat towards the back. Chances are if the flight is not full, the middle seat will remain open for a little extra room, or the person sitting there will be happy to switch seats with your partner.
  • If letting your kids help you pack, make sure to double-check the bags before leaving. Sometimes items get in there that may not check-out through security.
  • Take advantage of the free shuttles in our economy and long-term parking lots. Drivers can help with strollers, luggage and other bulky items.
  • Remember to check in at the ticket counter with your little one, especially if they’re unticketed or you choose to check your stroller or car seat (both fly for free) and if you prefer to pick them up at the baggage claim.
  • CAK has family restrooms both pre- and post-gate screening. They’re easy to get in and out of — even with strollers— while step stools help little ones reach the sink.
  • Take advantage of play areas. CAK has a Step2® PlayPort with plenty of room for kids to play and get their energy out before boarding a flight.
  • Past security checkpoint, near Gate 7, there is a mothers room for nursing moms on the move.
  • Use CAK’s free WiFi and power outlets to stream or recharge phones, tablets and other electronic devices for the trip.
  • Let the kids peak out the windows! Seeing the planes taxiing up to the gates is part of the fun!
  • If you're nervous that your little one will be sitting too long during pre-board, send one parent on to reserve overhead bin space while the other walks the child around as others board.
  • Pack a bag of toys, books and snacks to keep your child occupied during the flight.
  • Give your child a sucker, pacifier, bottle or nurse during takeoff to help alleviate pressure in their ears.
  • Most aircraft are equipped with changing tables in the restrooms, so check with your flight attendant.
  • When the pilot removes the seat-belt safety sign, feel free to walk up and down the aisle with your child if they want to move around.
  • Don't stress out if your child gets a little fussy, since most other people have been through it before!

TSA and Kids

Flying with kids from Akron-Canton Airport is simple as can be, including security check-points.

Here are answers to the top questions about taking kids through security. For additional questions about traveling with children through the TSA Security Check Point, check www.tsa.gov or address questions on Twitter to @askTSA.

 

Child Nutrition

  • Be sure to declare any medically necessary liquids (breast milk, formula, medications, etc.) at the checkpoint, because they may require additional screening.
  • Formula and breast milk in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces are allowed in carry-on baggage and do not need to fit within a quart-sized bag. You do not need to travel with your child to bring breast milk.
  • Ice packs, freezer packs, frozen gel packs and other accessories required to cool formula, breast milk and juice, are allowed in carry-on. If these accessories are partially frozen or slushy, they are subject to the same screening as described above.
  • Snacks for children like yogurt, pudding and fruit squeezes may be over 3.4 oz. Filtered, water fill-up stations are located just beyond security.

Screening Children's Items

  • Strollers, umbrella-strollers, baby carriers, car and booster seats and backpacks must be screened by X-ray. All toys and blankets must also go through screening, but will be returned quickly.
  • Equipment that does not fit through the X-ray machine will undergo a visual/physical inspection by TSA officers.

Screening with Child

  • Infants and small children may be carried through the metal detector. Should the alarm sound, additional screening is required.
  • Children able to walk through the metal detector without assistance may do so separately from their parent or guardian.
  • If the child is able to stand for 5 seconds they may be required to go through advanced imaging technology. Parents may not be screened by this technology when carrying an infant or child.
  • Children 12 and under can leave their shoes, light jackets and headwear on during screening.
  • Children will not be separated from their parent/guardian.
  • Remove infants and children from their carriers and carry them in your arms through the walk-through metal detector.
  • You may wear your baby through the detector.
  • Modified screening procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood of a pat-down.
  • If you’re TSA Pre✓™ eligible, so are your children: If your child is 12 or younger, he or she can also use the TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening lane when traveling with you. 
  • Minor children under the age of 18, who are flying with their parents, do not need a Compliant Card. Unaccompanied minors who wish to fly commercially will need a Compliant Card or a Standard Card with other federally-approved documentation. See www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification for more information.