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Traveling with a Lap Child (Under the Age of 2)

If you are traveling with a lap child, you must call Hawaiian Airlines Reservations for further assistance. 

At Hawaiian Airlines, your child’s safety is our priority. We understand that traveling with children can be stressful, so we’ve prepared these travel guidelines and safety restrictions below to help make your experience with us and the little ones the best it can be.


Traveling with a Child (Under the Age of 2)


We want to do our best to make your trip with us enjoyable for both you and your child. We offer guests traveling with an children under the age of 2, two options.

  1. Children (under the age of 2) are allowed to travel as lap children, OR
  2. Travel using a rear-facing car seat in-flight on a purchased seat

Which travel option best fits your family's needs? Contact Hawaiian Airlines Reservations department to make your child’s reservation.

Are you planning to purchase a seat for your child (under the age of 2)? Or travel with a child over the age of 2?

Traveling with a child under the age of 2 with a purchased seat, click here.

Traveling with a child over the age of 2, click here.

 

Lap Child


If you prefer to travel with your child as a lap child, please be sure to hold them on your lap for the duration of the flight. The following restrictions apply:

  1. One (1) lap child is permitted for each ticketed adult
  2. You may not reserve seats for children traveling as lap children
  3. Carry-on and checked baggage allowances do not apply
  4. In-flight meal allowance does not apply

You may bring a child restraint car seat onboard as a carry on item based on seat availability. If there is an empty seat and the car seat is appropriately labeled (see, Travel Using a Safety Seat section below), we welcome you to use it.** If the flight is full, the car seat will be checked at the gate using a claim-at-gate tag. For your convenience, we will return the car seat to you at your arrival gate.

Traveling with Two Lap Children?

If you're traveling with two children (under the age of 2), the following restrictions apply:

  1. One (1) lap child is permitted for each ticked adult*
  2. If a ticketed adult* is traveling with two children (under the age of 2):
    • One (1) child may travel as a lap child and
    • an additional seat must be purchased for the second child
  3. One (1) lap child is permitted per seat section
    • Seat section is defined as adjacent seats separated by an aisle
    • Ex: Families with more than one lap child will need to be seated either across an aisle or in a different row

Contact Hawaiian Airlines Reservations to make your reservation.

*For Neighbor Island and North America flights, the accompanying adult must be 15 years or older. For International flights, the adult must be 18 years or older.

 

Travel Restrictions and Required Documentation


Based on your child's age, the following documents are required:

Age of Traveler Traveling as a Lap Child Required Documentation Travel Restrictions

Neighbor Island and
North America Flights

Less than 7 days old* Permitted Letter of approval from physician
  • States that the child will not require any
    extraordinary medical assistance during the flight
  • Dated within one day of travel
Proof of age
  • Birth certificate (copy is permitted) or passport
Must be accompanied in the same compartment by
an adult at least 15 years or older
Under the age of 2 years old Permitted Proof of age (recommended for North America flights)
  • Birth certificate (copy is permitted) or passport
Must be accompanied in the same compartment by
an adult at least 15 years or older
2+ years old Not Permitted Hawaiian Airlines reserves the right to request proof of age
for children over the age of 2 (e.g. birth certificate or passport)
Seat must be purchased for children 2 years or older
International Flights Less than 7 days old* Permitted

Letter of approval from physician

  • States that the child will not require any extraordinary
    medical assistance during the flight
  • Dated within one day of travel

Proof of age

  • Birth certificate (copy is permitted) or passport
Must be accompanied in the same compartment by
an adult at least 18 years or older (For American Samoa,
adult must be at least 16 years of age)
Under the age of 2 years old Permitted

Proof of age

  • Birth certificate (copy is permitted) or passport
Must be accompanied in the same compartment by
an adult at least 18 years or older (For American Samoa,
adult must be at least 16 years of age)
2+ years old Not Permitted Hawaiian Airlines reserves the right to request proof of age
for children over the age of 2 (e.g. birth certificate or passport)
Seat must be purchased for children 2 years or older

*The final decision to transport a child less than seven day sold will be determined by Hawaiian Airlines.


Lap Child Fares


The following lap child (under the age of 2) fares apply for Neighbor Island, North America and International routes:

Lap Child
Neighbor Island and North America Flights Free
International Flights 10% of the accompanying adult fare (plus taxes and fees)

NOTE: Taxes do not apply for infants without a seat who are traveling within Neighbor Island and North America.

Interested in purchasing a seat for your child (under the age of 2)? Visit Traveling with a Child (under the age of 2) - Purchased Seat for more information.

Ready to Make Your Reservations?


To make your lap child’s reservation, you must contact Hawaiian Airlines Reservations for further assistance.

Baggage Information


We want to make your experience with us as easy as possible. So, before you pack, please keep in mind that the baggage allowance and exemptions for lap children differ from our standard allowance. Read on for more details.

Baggage Allowance:

Check-in Baggage Allowance
Lap Child No separate baggage allowance for lap children

Baggage Exemptions:

When traveling with a lap child, the following items are accepted as carry-on or check-in baggage, exempt from baggage fees, when checked in by an accompanying ticketed adult.

If you prefer, you may also check these items at the gate using a claim-at-gate tag.

Accepted as Carry-on Baggage? Check-in Baggage? Check-in Baggage Fee Notes
Child Restraint Systems (Car Seat) YES*

YES

Complimentary Click here for child restraint system restrictions
Strollers YES*

YES

Complimentary

Your stroller must be checked-in if it is:

  • Non-collapsible
  • Weighs over 50 lbs

*Items may be carried on as part of your carry-on baggage allowance provided the item meets all standard size/weight carry-on baggage restrictions.


Bassinet Request


Traveling international? Bassinets are available by request on most international flights.

If you’d like more information, visit In-Flight Bassinets, for details on how to request this special service.

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