Traveling with infants is always a challenge, more so on long international flights. Some parents in order to keep their infant safe and secure during take off and landing will spend extra money to purchase a child's fare and therefore a seat for their baby so he or she can be secured in a car seat on the aircraft. A child's fare typically costs 65 or 75 percent of an adult ticket, whereas an infant ticket costs only 10 percent.
However, not all airlines will allow parents to use a car seat on board. This depends upon the regulations of the country in which the airline is registered.
Alitalia is one such airline. Italian regulations do not allow them to secure infants in a car seat on board their aircraft. Passengers who purchased a child's fare expecting to use a car seat will be required to purchase a new infant's ticket at check in and then attempt to refund the child's ticket through the original agency that issued it. This is not always successful as ticket rules have changed and most tickets are non-refundable.
As Alitalia is a member of the Sky Team Alliance you may purchase a ticket which shows a flight number of one of the other team members but which is actually operated by Alitalia. If this is the case the Alitalia regulations take precedence.
Other members of the Sky Team are Air France, Aero Mexico, Delta Air Lines, Korean Air Lines and Czech Airlines. As Alitalia only flies across the Atlantic from the USA this potential problem would not arise to Korean Air Lines or Aero Mexico destinations.
On Alitalia The passenger traveling with an infant will be allowed to have a stroller or car seat to hold the infant until actual flight boarding. At that point, the stroller/car seat will be tagged and checked in at the gate.
On all other Sky Team flights the passenger traveling with an infant will be allowed to have a stroller for the infant until actual flight boarding. At that point, the stroller will be tagged and checked in at the gate. Only a car seat will be allowed on the aircraft if a seat has been purchased for the infant.
At this time we are not aware of any of the other Alliances, Star or One World, not permitting a child's fare and a seat to be purchased for an infant. However, we recommend that you check with the airline before purchasing in order to avoid problems at check in - after all it is stressful enough traveling with children without adding to it.