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.

Nonstop to Charlotte, Chicago, Philadelphia, LaGuardia (NYC), Washington D.C.; One-stop global connectivity and easy connections to vacation destinations

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).

Nonstop to Atlanta and Detroit; One-stop global connectivity and easy connections to vacation destinations

Carry-on items

  • Children’s baggage allowances are based in part by the fare paid for their travel. See the guidelines below.
  • Unticketed Infant/Child — If children are traveling for free, they don’t have a baggage allowance. So any baggage for the child counts as part of the adult’s baggage allowance.
  • Ticketed infant/Child — Children with tickets with be allowed one personal item and one carry-on item.
  • A breast pump tote will count as your free personal item (so if you have a purse separate, you will have to combine these two or put your purse in your carry-on item.)

Strollers and car seats

  • Children’s strollers and seat restraints are not counted as part of the standard baggage and therefore can easily be checked for free at the ticket counter or gate.

No Ticket Required

You may travel with one infant in your lap without purchasing a ticket if:

  • the infant is less than two years old, and
  • you are at least 18 years old or the infant's legal guardian, and
  • your travel is within the U.S.
  • If traveling with a non-ticketed infant/baby, call Delta reservations after you book your ticket to add them to your reservation.

Ticket Required

You'll need to purchase a ticket for your child when you:

  • have a child that is age two or older
  • have a child that turns age two during a trip — a reserved seat and ticket are required for the entire journey
  • prefer the child to sit in a seat with an approved restraint
  • have a second child, regardless of age and you already have a child who will be sitting in your lap
  • will be traveling between countries, regardless of whether or not the child occupies a seat

Nonstop to Orlando, Ft. Myers, and Tampa. One-stop to vacation destinations like the Caribbean and Mexico.

Carry-on items

  • Breast pumps and baby formula are allowed to be carried onto an aircraft and don’t count against your carry-on allowance. Be sure to notify a TSA officer when going through the security check-in.
  • One diaper bag is permitted with each child at no additional charge.

Strollers and car seats

  • One stroller and one car seat per child will be checked for no extra cost at the ticket counter. You may also check these items at the gate. Spirit will have them waiting for you in your arrival city when you get off the aircraft.

No Ticket Required

  • From 7 days old until his/her second birthday (age 7 days to 23 months), a child is considered a lap child and does not need a paid seat; however, customers may opt to buy a seat for the infant if they prefer.
  • Spirit reserves the right to request documented proof of age for any traveler 2 years old or younger. Please be prepared to provide documentation (birth certificate, passport, etc.).

Ticket Required

  • Customers can make a separate reservation for an infant; however, the infant must be securely placed in an FAA-approved child restraint system (car seat). Car seats may not be accommodated in any seat equipped with an inflatable seat belt. Additionally, car seats may not be secured in an exit seat or the row before or after the exit seats.
  • Once a child has their second birthday (24 months and older), they are no longer considered a lap child and a seat must be purchased in order for them to travel. If a child has their second birthday between the outbound and return flight, a seat will need to be purchased for the return flight.

Nonstop to Chicago, Houston and Newark (NYC); one-stop global connectivity and easy connections to vacation destinations.

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

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 the play area, there is also a private breastfeeding station 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 stick their noses to 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 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. 

Tour Sign-Up

Thank you for your interest in the CAK Parents Tour

For parents who have upcoming travel plans that include flying with little ones, the Akron-Canton Airport is hosting a free, small group tour to walk you through the entire airport process and answer questions like “How do I travel with breast milk and pumping equipment?” and “Is the stroller included in my ticket price, or do I have to pay for it?”

On the tour, we'll walk you through all steps of the airport process — from parking and check-in to TSA security screening and kid-friendly amenities.

Currently there are no tours available due to COVID-19.

CAK Airport Tours Akron Canton Airport