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July 20, 2017 -

Effective July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has implemented enhanced security measures for passengers flying to the United States. These measures include heightened inspection of personal electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone must be charged with enough battery power to be turned on upon request and easily accessible, with covers, cases or any other packaging removed, in preparation for screening at the security checkpoint. Any refused item will not be permitted in checked baggage. Air Transat will be unable to provide storage or assume responsibility for these items during your trip.

To allow for additional time to go through security and to ensure you don’t miss your flight, please arrive at the airport three hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

For further information, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

Family privileges

Families are very important to Air Transat. See how we make travel even more fun for you and your children.

Exclusive check-in counters

Where facilities permit (at Canadian gateways), designated check-in counters are available for families travelling with young children and unaccompanied minors. That means less time waiting in line!

Assistance

Travelling alone with kids and feeling overwhelmed? Let us know during check-in, and we'll be happy to guide you to the boarding gate and direct you upon arrival at the destination airport. Porters are usually available for hire to assist with your checked baggage. To lighten the load for your little ones, we recommend transporting your kids’ toys in your own carry-on. 

Do you want to hang on to your child’s stroller or car seat until boarding? No problem. Just let us know when you check in.

Pre-boarding

With the exception of flights to the U.S., we are happy to offer pre-boarding for families travelling with young children.

Priority meal service

On flights to/from Europe and Middle East, we are pleased to serve children first, so they don’t wait too long to eat. A variety of bistro-style meals ($) is available on flights to/from the South and the U.S.

Surprises will be given out on all our flights.

  • Headphones
  • Beach ball (aboard flights to the South)
  • Card game (aboard flights from the South)
  • Headphones
  • Activities booklet (aboard flights to Europe and Middle East)
  • Card game (aboard flights from the Europe and the Middle East)

Take advantage of our LIMO! courtesy stroller service which offers parents a break between the aircraft and baggage claim area at Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver airports. Simply pick up a LIMO! for your young child after deplaning the aircraft and leave it with our agent before exiting. LIMOS! are available on a first-come, first-served basis and quantities may be limited.

Travel tips

  • The right seat
    A window seat is ideal for children. Placing a pillow or blanket just under the window makes a comfortable place for your child to sleep. Ask your flight attendant about our Comfort Kit, available for only CA $9.
  • Seat selection
    Use our seat selection service to choose the best seat for your child.
  • Mommy, my ears hurt!
    To prevent earaches, give your child candy to suck on, or a bottle of water. If their ears hurt, try this trick: tell them to yawn. The benefits of pinching their nose are doubtful and we do not recommend it.
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