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Traveling With Children

Special Rules and Fares for Infants and Children

  • Infants:
    • One child over 14 days and under two (2) years of age, not occupying a seat, may be carried free of charge when traveling with an adult (12 years of age or older). Although a boarding pass is not required for the infant, you will need a Boarding Verification Document.
    • Southwest Employees may ask for age verification at any point within the Customer journey, so Customers should travel with a copy or original of any government-issued ID, such as a birth certificate or passport, for their Lap Child.
    • A medical release for travel is required for any infant under 14 days old.
    • For more information, please see Baby On Board.

Unaccompanied Minors

Minors under the age of 18 are not permitted to fly unaccompanied on international flights or any itinerary that includes an international flight. If a minor is traveling with an adult age 18 and over, they must be listed on the same flight itinerary.

These Unaccompanied Minor policies apply on Southwest Airlines only. Other airlines may have different policies and procedures.

For more information on Southwest Airlines policies regarding Unaccompanied Minors, please see Unaccompanied Minors Terms and Conditions.


Beginning June 1, 2021, Infant fares and Child fares are no longer available for purchase.

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