CHIKO said: May 22nd 2011 1:13 AM
I am going overseas with my two kids (1y.o and 3y.o). I know that most international flight allows you to use umbrella type stroller right up to the gate but not on domestic flights. Unfortunately, our domestic transfer flight is departing on 06:20AM so we have to be at airport around 3:00am. I guess I definitely need one.
I just noticed you mentioned about quicksmart stroller on your blog and am wondering if that size of stroller( briefcase size one) can go on board as a hand luggage. I am flying with Jetstar(domestic transfer and international flight. Melbourne-Goldcoast then to Japan).
It would be much appreciated if you could advise me.
Donna @ Travel Toddler said: May 24th 2011 12:48 PM
Strollers on planes, I wish it was so much less confusing!
According to the Jetstar website “a collapsible stroller is great for speedy flight transfers, an impromptu snooze and also serves as a baby seat in restaurants, and you can take it on-board Jetstar A330 flights if it’s compact enough. It must be under 100x25x23cm.” This rules out the Easyfold/Briefcase Quicksmart, even though it is way under a metre, it is wider and therefore doesn’t fit their criteria. And besides that, this only applies to the A330, which you may not be on for the domestic flight.
Looking at this stroller as domestic carry on baggage, it is still too wide to comply. Check here for more information on Strollers on Jetstar.
However, there is another option! Customers have told me they love the Back Pack style Quicksmart. They have used this in the overhead luggage compartments with no problem. I don’t have the exact dimensions of it folded (update: approx Backpack length 58cm, width 34cm, bottom depth 25cm, top depth 15cm – backpack narrows at the top), but it does appear to fit the Jetstar criteria. I also suggest that you keep the bag handy at check in – that way you can show how small it folds and won’t be forced to check it in! Here’s some reviews.
One more thing I’ll mention about the Quicksmart…we LOVE ours (as you mentioned, we have the Easyfold/Briefcase style) and use it every time we travel. However, two things; 1st have a good practise with the folding and unfolding before you travel. (In my baby brain days I found it REALLY confusing). And 2nd; don’t expect it to be as comfortable as your regular stroller, it won’t be. But as a handy travel companion – we love ours and couldn’t have done without it!
Thanks for your question, I hope the trip goes well. I’d love to hear what you decide.