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Family check-in

Family at an airport.

It's time to check in. Which check-in option is the easiest for you and your family? Read on to find out.


Woman checking in on laptop computer.

Check-in online on or on your mobile

Take the stress out of travelling, and check in up to nine people using or your mobile. Choose your seats and print or download your boarding pass onto your mobile as early as 24 hours before your flight is due to depart.

If you'd like to take more bags than your free checked baggage allowance, you can purchase up to 10 extra bags per person for you and your family before you check in online or on your mobile.

More about BA on your mobile

Check-in now
Check-in kiosk at the airport.

Check in at the airport

  • If you can't check in online or on your mobile you can still use a check-in kiosk at most airports. Save time with our quick and easy to use check-in kiosks, available at most airports.
  • Use the touch screen to choose your seats and check in within minutes.
  • You can also check in for your onward or return flight, if it’s within 24 hours.
  • Print your own boarding pass.

All you need is:

  • your booking reference, or
  • a form of identification (e.g. credit/debit card, Executive Club card or passport) and your flight number.

You can also go to a check-in desk where our staff will be pleased to help you.

BA's mobile app

Mobile phone.

With the BA mobile app, you can manage all of your travel plans on the move; check in, choose your seat, store your mobile boarding pass* and receive gate notifications**. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phones.

* You can only download mobile boarding passes for one passenger per device.
** Gate notifications are only available for iPhone users.

More about BA on your mobile

If you're an Executive Club Member or registered customer with British Airways you can update your contact details by logging into your account. All other customers can update their contact details through Manage My Booking. Then we'll let you know of any changes to your flight.

Log on to your Executive Club account

Manage My Booking

Before you fly, why not familiarise yourself with your check-in options and times. If you're travelling with small children or someone who needs a little extra assistance it can be worthwhile giving yourself extra time.

Checking in

After check-in

Parents pushing daughter on luggage trolley in airport.

When you've checked in

  • When you've checked in, take your baggage to the Bag Drop desk.
  • If you have a small, fully collapsible and lightweight pushchair/stroller (with maximum dimensions of 117cm x 38cm x 38cm/46in x 15in x 15in when the pushchair is collapsed), you'll be able to take this right to the aircraft door at most airports. The staff will put your pushchair in the hold and will do all possible to return it to you on arrival at the aircraft door. All other pushchairs will be taken to the baggage carousel in the baggage hall.
  • Some airports have dedicated 'Family Lanes' at security, so you can go through Security at your own speed. Ask at your departure airport if there is a 'Family Lane'.
  • You won't be able to take liquids through Security except for milk and formula carried in baby bottles.
  • To make the most of your time in the airport, we recommend that you pass straight through security as soon as you have dropped off your bags, as during busy periods like school holidays this can take longer than normal.

Get to the gate on time

  • Your boarding gate number is published an hour before departure and you'll find this on your mobile through the app*, boarding pass and on the airport screens.
  • If you're a Gold or Silver Member of the Executive Club, you and one guest can relax in one of our lounges. The boarding times are available on the screens.
  • At the gate, we'll invite families with young children to board first, so that you and your family can get settled on board. Please get to the gate as early as possible.
  • If you arrive late to the boarding gate we cannot accept you for travel.

*Gate notifications are only available for iPhone users

Connecting to another flight in London?

If you need to change terminal or even airports in London you can find everything you need to know on our flight connections page.

Flight connections at London