Travel by Plane

Find safety information, security requirements and helpful tips for traveling by air.

Travel by Plane

Know the rules, tips and resources available to have a safe, low-hassle plane trip.

Safety

Security

  • Know the rules for getting yourself, your family and your carry-on items through the airport security screening.
  • The REAL ID Act created a national standard for state-issued IDs. Some states' driver's licenses don't comply with those standards. Starting January 22, 2018, travelers with state driver's licenses that do not comply with those standards will need passports or other valid IDs to board domestic flights. See if your state complies and when you need to present an alternate ID.

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Infographic: Are You Taking Your Child on a Plane?

Learn how to keep your baby or toddler safe on a plane.

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Are you taking your child on a plane? Your arms aren’t capable of holding your little one securely, especially in turbulence. Keep your child safe in a car seat or harness government-approved for use on planes. Follow these tips for flying with children:

  • A child weighing 40 pounds or less should be strapped into a car seat or child safety harness approved for use on planes.
  • Measure your car seat’s width. If it’s 16 inches or less, it should fit in most plane seats.
  • Ask your airline for a discounted fare. Buying your child a ticket is the only way to guarantee you can strap your little one in.
  • For more information, visit www.faa.gov/childsafety
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Last Updated: June 29, 2017

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