(Closed) gate checking stroller for flight

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t have a LO but my sister just brought a carseat. She put it through the xray and brought it to the gate. On one trip the flight wasn’t full so she got to put my niece in the carseat in a separate chair. On the full flight she had to check the carseat at the gate and hold my niece during the flight. The carseat was waiting for her to pick up after we landed.

Post # 4
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Anything you take on the plane goes through xRay.  The car seat, stroller frame, etc. So you have to take the baby out and carry the baby through while also attempting to disassemble and put it on the xray.  Its ok with 2 adults and manageable but challenging with just one!

We have taken the car seat multiple times, both gate checked it and checked it through baggage (free both ways).  Sometimes they have big plastic bags you can buy to put it in, we also bought a reusable one.  The bag has gotten quite dirty (meaning without it, the car seat would have!) and the one time I gate checked the car seat without the bag, there was a part of it that broke. 

Now we mostly do baggage check for the stroller and put our little guy in a carrier, much less hassle!

Post # 5
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@mrstilly: I don’t have a LO, but I fly back and forth to Orlando and see lots of people traveling with kids because of Disney. Most of the time strollers are folded up and sent through the xray if they’re the umbrella type, if they’re the big ones I don’t think I’ve ever seen them go through. Carseats I’m honestly not sure of. I’ve also never seen any wrapped up in anything when they’re gate-checked. If it’s raining, depending on the airline they’ll put them in a plastic bag for you. Also, they’re always waiting in the jet way when we get off and we’re usually one of the first ones off. Hope this helps some.

Post # 6
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We didn’t put it in anything to protect it, and you have to send it through x-ray. Sometimes though, they will “gate check” at check-in, and take it with your other baggage if you want them to.

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