Do I need to reserve a seat for my infant?
Children up to two years old (24 months), are not required to have their own seat. You must, however, inform South African Airways that you will be traveling with an infant on your lap.
Only one lap child is allowed per adult. If one adult is traveling with more than one infant under two years of age, a seat will have to be purchased for each additional infant.
You can also choose to purchase a seat for your infant as long as you have the proper child restraint device. Infant fares may also be available.
Will I pay for my infant to travel domestically?
A child under two years old (24 months) can travel for free as long as the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.
Will I pay for my infant to travel internationally?
Yes, a child under two years old (24 months) is usually charged 10% of an adult fare plus taxes, even if the infant will be on the lap of another passenger for the flight.
What if my child turns two on the trip; will I have to buy a ticket for the return flight?
Yes, a ticket will have to be purchased for any flight on which the infant will be over two years old.
What types of child restraint devices are allowed?
US FMVSS #213
Federal Aviation Authorities (FAA)
|Manufactured after 26 February 1985; red sticker bearing text "This restraint is certified for use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft" and “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”
Manufactured before 1985; it must state “This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards.”
Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)
United Nations ECE R 44-03 (or later versions)
If your device does not have the labels noted above, you will not be allowed to use it during take-off, landing, and surface movements. This includes booster seats and other types of harnesses.
What infant amenities are available on the aircraft I'll be flying (i.e. bassinets, diaper changing tables)?
Infant amenities vary by aircraft. When you're on the airplane page, look for the Infant Amenity Icon. If it is present, clicking on it will tell you what infant services are available on that airplane. You can always contact South African Airways for more information.
Can I sit in the exit row with my infant?
Lap children and infant seats are not allowed in exit rows. In fact, no one under the age of 15 is allowed in the exit rows.