United Airlines Is Making Air Travel Easier for Families with a Big New Change

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United Airlines understands how awesome family vaycays are and wants to make traveling with kiddos easier. Starting Apr. 1, the answer to the question, “Can you take a stroller on planes?” will be a resounding yes!

The airline recently announced that travelers with babies and young children can bring compact folding strollers on mainline and United Express flights. This means no more having to check your baby’s ride with your checked bags—leaving you with no choice but to carry your little one through the airport on your way to the gate.

If you’re wondering what the catch is—all compact folding strollers must meet carry-on baggage size restrictions. This means the maximum dimensions must fall between 9x14x22 inches when folded. Before boarding, check your stroller’s size with one of United’s bag sizers at the check-in area.

Along with allowing compact strollers on flights, United is also helping mamas by adding three new Mamava pods to Terminals B, C and E of the airline’s Houston hub. These pods, which are already located at United’s New York/Newark hub, provide private, comfortable spaces for nursing mamas to breastfeed at the airport.

Compact folding strollers as carry-ons and private nursing spaces? Combined with United’s other perks for parents—such as pre-boarding for families with kiddos under age two—the already-friendly skies just got that much friendlier.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Paul Hanaoka via Unsplash



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