An infant is a child less than two years old. (Children aged 2 and over are not permitted to use an Infant car seat onboard)

If you would like to use your own car seat, it must:

  • Be designed to be secured by means of a normal aircraft single lap strap 
  • Have a separate 5-point restraining harness 
  • Not exceed the dimensions of the aircraft seat, and should fit into an area of 43cm x 43cm (17.ins x 17ins) 
  • Must be secured to its host seat at all times of the flight 
  • Must not require the use of a three-point harness to secure it to the aircraft seat.
  • Rear facing car seats are not allowed
  • If for any reason your car seat cannot be fully secured, it may have to be placed in the hold. In these circumstances, your infant will have to be secured to your lap whenever the seat belt sign comes on

The car seat must also display one of the following labels:

EU approved labelling

Approved for use in motor vehicles according to the UN standard ECE R 44, -03” or later


‘Qualification Procedure for Child Restraint Systems for Use in Aircraft’ (TÜV Doc.: TÜV/958-01/2001)

FAA approved labelling

Approved for use in motor vehicles and aircraft according to US FMVSS No 213 and manufactured to these standards on or after February 26, 1985 ‘This child restraint system conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standards.

This Restraint is Certified for Use in Motor Vehicles and Aircraft.’

Australia/New Zealand approved labelling

Australian Standard AS1754
New Zealand Standard NZS1354


Joint Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1754

Canadian approved labelling

Standard CMVSS 213/213.1

Please note:

1. You may be asked to show the approval labelling to our ground staff and cabin crew, so please make sure you know where to find it.

2. You’ll need to show our cabin crew that you’ve fitted the seat securely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. The seat must fit securely using a normal aircraft seatbelt, as unlike cars, we don’t have ISOFIX systems or seatbelts that are worn over the shoulder.

Comfort aids and harnesses permitted for use onboard

The below devices are permitted to use for children onboard all Virgin Atlantic planes. Any other devices that are not present on this list aren't permitted onboard at any time. 

  1. Child body support 
  2. Travel chair 
  3. Cares harness 
  4. Infant seat belts - these will be provided by the cabin crew onboard your flight 
  5. Car seats - these must meet certain requirements. Please read more information below.
  6. Canopy to be placed over infant's bassinet
  7. Trunkie/Bedbox that extend seat pan for children to sleep*
  8. Plane Pal - inflatable cushion for children to sleep, please note that only the Plane Pal brand is permitted*
  9. Small inflatable neck pillows

* Can't be used if the child is in an aisle seat (middle and window seats are fine). Must be stowed away for taxi, takeoff and landing, and during turbulence. Can be carried instead of a cabin bag. 

Comfort aids not permitted for use onboard

With the exception of the devices permitted to use onboard (as above), any other devices aren't permitted onboard at any time.

Examples of devices not permitted on board at any time:

  1. Leg hammock for passengers to place their legs inside 
  2. Inflatable foot rest that attaches to the seat in front 
  3. Large soft or inflatable head pillow
  4. Privacy band that attaches to the headrest 
  5. knee defender

Cots / bassinets onboard

Contact us before your flight to request a cot or bassinet.

Refer to the tables below to help you understand cots for your baby or infant.


Economy and Premium sky cots

  Boeing 787-9, Airbus A330 and Airbus A350
Dimensions 28.6cm wide x 72.7cm long (11.25” wide x 28.6” long)
Maximum weight of baby 11kg (24.25lb)
Maximum height of baby 760mm (30”)


Upper Class sky cots


  Boeing 787-9 & Airbus A330
Dimensions 35cm wide x 24cm deep x 76cm long (13.8” wide x 9.4” deep x 29.9” long)
Maximum weight of baby 11kg (24.25lb)
Maximum height of baby 750mm (29.5”)


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