easyJet – a family guide

Find out whether this low-cost airline is the right choice for your pregnancy or family on your next trip

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When planning a trip the last thing you want is a stressful journey. Find out what services easyJet offers passengers travelling while pregnant, with infants or several children.

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Check-in baggage

  • Adults and children over 2 years: 20kg limit per passenger, regardless of the number of bags “purchased” (in other words, a fee applies to check-in luggage)
  • Minimum of one bag per passenger is required to “trigger” the baggage allowance of 20kg. The fee for check-in baggage can be paid in one of three ways:
    1. online (£9 – £16 per passenger per flight, depending on the route)
    2. via call centre (£14 – £16 per passenger per flight)
    3. at the airport where the fee is £25 at the check-in and £40 at the gate
  • If you need to take more than 20kg per passenger per flight you will be charged an excess weight fee of £10 per kg at each departing airport. However, you can pre-book excess weight online for £21 per every 3kg of additional weight per flight
  • No single piece of hold baggage can weigh more than 32kg due to health and safety restrictions, and no passenger can check in more than 50kg of luggage or eight individual items
  • Children under 2 years: no luggage allowance and a standard fee of £20 has to be paid
  • For every baby or young child: you can take up to two of the following items free of charge – pushchair, travel cot, car seat. These items can all be taken to the boarding gate or aircraft door as appropriate. You can take car seats onto the plane if you’ve arranged this.

Note: A good tip is to book your hold baggage when you’re booking your flights – it’s much cheaper than paying for it at the airport

Carry-on luggage

  • Adults and children over 2 years: One piece of hand luggage (56cm x 45cm x 25cm). There’s no weight limit but you must be able to lift it into the overhead locker yourself
  • Children under 2 years: no carry-on luggage allowance
  • Baby on lap: no carry-on luggage allowance

Seating

  • You will always sit you next to your baby (under 2 years)
  • There is Special Assistance boarding for families to help ensure families sit together
  • You can purchase Speedy Boarding, which will guarantee that you will be amongst the first to board the aircraft

Feeding

  • Liquids are allowed in hand luggage, but only in containers of 100ml or less
  • These containers must be inside clear re-sealable plastic bags 20cm x 20cm. Be aware that some airports may charge a small fee for these
  • The total amount of liquids can’t be more than 1 litre (e.g. 10 containers of 100ml)
  • You can take baby food, baby milk and sterilised water in your hand luggage. This includes soya milk for babies, sterilised water (which must be in a baby bottle), formula, breast milk or cows milk (specifically for babies) and baby food. You can take enough for the journey, even if this is over 100ml. The adult carrying it may be asked to taste it for security reasons
  • easyJet are happy to provide hot water
  • You can breastfeed during the flight with the exception of take-off and landing

Meals

  • All meals are purchased onboard with no prior arrangement needed

Pregnant travel

  • You can fly with up to and including your 27th week of pregnancy without a medical certificate
  • Between the 28th and 35th week (inclusive) of your pregnancy you can only fly if you have a medical certificate issued by a Doctor of Medicine or Midwife stating that you are “fit to fly” and the number of weeks pregnant. This certificate must cover the duration of your trip
  • From the 36th week of pregnancy, easyJet says it is not allowed to fly you at all. You must book your return flight for the 35th week at the latest
  • All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. However easyJet says it would review any request on an individual case relating to mums-to-be not being able to fly

Update as of April 16th:

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Expectant mothers

  • Expectant mothers can be accepted for travel up to the end of the 35th week for single pregnancies (therefore they can not fly from the 36th week onwards)
  • Expectant mothers expecting more than one baby (e.g. twins) can only be accepted for travel up to the end of the 32nd week (therefore they can not fly from the 33rd week onwards)
  • Medical certification is not required for expectant mothers to travel

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