Mass transport of children (MTC)

Mass transport of children means an organized carriage of a group of children (the number of children in the group exceeds 25) in public air traffic transportation.  

According to these regulations, a child is defined as a child aged 5-12 years.

Following conditions shall be met in MTC:

  • Each child shall have his/her seat with a built-in-safety seat belt.
  • The number of cabin attendants equals the total number of emergency exits in the aircraft.
  • Escorts shall be present; the number of escorts (a part of the enlarged cabin crew may be included therein) is determined in such a way that each escort covers two rows of occupied seats.
  • Escort shall be acquainted with emergency evacuation procedures according to the programmed determined by the carrier.
  • Cabin attendants shall be seated on seats at emergency exits.
  • Regarding their age, younger children shall be seated closer to the aisle.
  • Flight shall be operated at the level no exceeding 25000 feet and, as a rule, by day, so that the flight commences and ends during daylight.
  • When the number of children and their escort is smaller than the number of seats available in the cabin, also other passengers may be accepted.
  • Boarding the aircraft, children have precedence over other passengers and they take seats in the front of the cabin.
  • When a group of 9 or fewer children is carried, the number of cabin attendants corresponds to the number of cabin crew required for the respective aircraft type.
  • When a group consists of 10 to 25 children, two members shall enlarge the cabin crew.
  • Children should take seats from the first row onwards after the “C” class. For balance calculation two children for an adult passenger.
  • Children should not take seats near emergency exits. When a group consists of more than 25 children, the number of cabin crew equals the total number of emergency exits. Other attendants shall be present when a group consists of more than 25 children.
  • In this case, the number of attendants is determined in a way that each attendant control two rows of occupied seats.