Post # 1
We flying to FL this week. I was wondering, for those of you who have flown before with your LO, did you put your stroller or car seat in anything to protect it when you gate checked it? Did you have to put your stroller and carseat through the xray or did they just visually check it?
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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.
Post # 7
thanks! we are flying with a big group of my family members, so thankfully we’ll have plenty of hands. I planned to use the carrier during the airport anyway, but we need the carseat and stroller for once we get to our destination. We have the big stroller because Baby T is only 5 weeks and uses the carseat in the stroller.
I think I’ll just bring a few contracter garbage bags to have just in case. It sounds like checking at the gate will be helpful, especially since we have a 3 hour layover and having the carseat/stroller might be helpful if I get sick of the carrier.