The seating of children close by their parents or guardians should be the aim of airline seat
allocation procedures for family groups and large parties of children.
Young children and infants who are accompanied by adults should ideally be seated in the same
seat row as the adult. Where this is not possible, children should be separated by no more than one seat row from
accompanying adults. This is because the speed of an emergency evacuation may be affected by adults
trying to reach their children.
Whenever a number of infants and children are travelling together the airline should make every
effort to ensure that they can be readily supervised by the responsible accompanying adults.
Infants under the age of two need to be secured whenever the seat belt sign is on. This can be
achieved through the use of a seat belt loop provided by the airline to secure the infant on an
adult’s lap, or by using a child restraint device i.e. car type seat, or an alternative provided by
Forwards facing child restraint devices may be installed on both forward and rearward-facing
passenger seats but only when fitted in the same direction as the passenger seat on which it is
positioned. Rearward-facing child restraint devices can only be fitted to forward-facing passenger
Child restraint devices can only be fitted on a suitable aircraft seat using the type of seat
belt/harness for which they were designed. For example a child restraint device that needs to be
secured by a car type seat belt which includes a shoulder harness, cannot be installed on an
aircraft seat that is fitted with a lap belt only.
The permitted use of restraint devices can differ between airlines, so it is important to
contact your airline in advance of your booking or flight to ensure that the device that you may
wish to use is acceptable.
Some passengers may not be permitted to sit in a seat row next to an emergency exit. This is
because if the emergency exit is needed, it is important the exit can be opened and the aircraft
evacuated as quickly as possible.
The following passengers are among those who should not be allocated, or directed to, seats by
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