Its our policy that you can take them.. I mean wheelchairs are treated the same and are much bigger.
When you go in, check it in then get a gate pass at the Gate.. this alerts them to get pit crew to pick it up and it goes on as normal checked in luggage.
I'm also ground crew with an airline, and we gate check all the time. You just have to make sure you specify that you need to take it to the gate for you, if the person checking you in can't do it, ask them to get the supervisor (they probably don't even know you can do it). The ramp crew will collect it at the gate, and it *should* be available when you disembark at your destination (unless you're going to a regional port, then it'll often just go straight for collection, haha. I've never seen a pram taken on board. Any hand carry *has* to fit in the test unit, as there's just not space to stash a pram in the overheads, and some aircraft are considerably smaller than others. Good luck, and have fun
Wheelchairs are usually designed specific to the person and their needs and allow for self propulsion. Wheelchairs should only be taken from the person at the last minute before boarding.
Different airlines, different airports, different check in staff, different days - different decisions. It is always good to have a back up plan. do you have a baby carrier you can use?
Subbing. We are flying on Jetstar at the end of the year and they told me I could take a car seat and the pram along for no extra charge. So I hope the woman was correct telling me that
Yep, you should be allowed baby's things at no charge - pram, 1 bag for baby, and sometimes a car seat.
We're flying again this week..... so we'll see if we get the pram checked in or not!!
We flew with Jet star and Virgin in the last couple of weeks.
We bought a dodgy little $20 fold-up umbrella pram from Big W to take with us, and BOTH times they made us check it into the oversize luggage.
We argued and tried to take it to the gate and drop it off - and firmly told NO.
We also said well it's small, can't we put it in the overhead lockers - NO.
So...... doesnt seem to matter what you travel with. That's pretty much the smallest, lightest pram ever.... and we still couldn't take it to the gate.
Actually on the way home, I flew separately to DH and DS, and Virgin tried to charge hubby for checking the pram in, because they already had 2 bags..... Isn't a toddler allowed to have a bag AND a pram???? He argued his way out of it, since we took it with us in the beginning.
Sigh. Will never bother with it again, just pointless.
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