New provision requires airlines to check strollers at the gate

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Commercial airlines will now have to allow strollers of any size to be checked in at the gate prior to boarding.

Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) says the provision she pushed for in the FAA Reauthorization Bill will make traveling easier for parents.

“Navigating airports with children is hectic enough, and having the ability to check strollers at the gate is essential for many families who are traveling with young children,” said Senator Gillibrand. “That’s why I introduced this provision to allow parents to check strollers of all sizes at airline gates, preventing airports from leaving families stranded without their stroller or struggling to get to their destination on time. I’m proud that this was passed as a part of the FAA Reauthorization bill, just in time to make the holiday travel experience that much easier for families all across the country.”

Prior to the new provision, some airlines had size and weight limitations for strollers, regardless of whether the stroller cleared security.

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