Travel with Children - BA and Pram, Stroller or Pushchair?
Feb 8, 12, 10:28 am
Hi, I'm flying from Gatwick to St Lucia with an Infant and am concerned as to whether I can take my pram.
I emailed BA, and they told me to ring BA Offices.....
I rang Customer Services and tried by best to describe what a Pram was to an American woman.
In my mind a Pram isn't a Pushchair, nor is it a Stroller. It does fold but not like a Stroller does.
The dimensions folded are 82.5 x 68 x 37.5 cm.
And this is our Pram
Would we be able to take this up to the gate and have it put in the hold?
Feb 9, 12, 1:29 am
That's a stroller or what you call a "push chair" in the U.K. I used to live in London and a pram is what Americans call a "buggie", the kind with a bed. That's not a pram or a buggie. Someone gave me one and I never used it.
You'll have to check with the airline you're flying to see if they'll let you gate-check it. Normally, it's not a problem. American Airlines has a strict 20lbs rule but most airlines just stipulate that the stroller must fold down flat somehow. The exact details of how it folds shouldn't matter.
For what it's worth - we have taken a very similar sized stroller to the gate at LHR and several US airports without any issues. I have a sense that different airports enforce the size limitations differently (just like with carryons) and that you might want to check carefully w BA to be on the safe side.
Best of luck!
Feb 10, 12, 9:02 am
I agree - this is a regular stroller and you shouldn't have any problems gate checking it.
Feb 15, 12, 10:42 am
Dont worry it will be fine...you can gate check it. I took my Stokke Xplory all the time and its WAY bigger than yours. Keep in mind that you wont be picking it up till you get the rest of your luggage though.
Not a big deal on the St Lucia side, but will be more annoying when you come home and have to go all the way through immigration and arrivals before you can get the pram back. Bring a sling or expect to carry a grumpy baby and all your bags at the same time.
Nowadays I use a cheapo Tesco Direct pushchair for airports, and I check the Stokke in the airline approved travel bag at check in so I dont have to deal with the hassle. The cheapo is small enough to fit in the wardrobe on plane. Although if its a full flight with lots of families and you are flying in Y class you might still get it taken away to the hold.