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Onboard safety & comfort

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Alaska Airlines have set the following rules and regulations to assure your safety and comfort:

Our seats

Our seats are 17 inches in Coach Class and 21 inches in First Class. For your comfort, and the comfort of those around you, we have a published policy for purchasing a second seat if you require more room. View our Seating Policies for more information.

Preferred Plus seats

On select flights, the exit rows and row 6 of the main cabin have been designated as Preferred Plus seats. The option to choose Preferred Plus seats is available to Mileage Plan™ Elites at the time of booking, and are made available for sale to all customers at the time of check-in. Learn more about Preferred Plus seats.

Overhead bins

In the fall of 2015, we were the first airline to receive Boeing's new Space Bins. These redesigned overhead compartments increase our cabin storage space by 48% and make our cabins feel more spacious.

In-seat power

In-seat power, featuring both standard and USB outlets, is available on nearly all of our planes, including all transcontinental and Hawai'i flights.

Carry-on baggage

All carry-on baggage, laptop computers and electronic devices must be stowed under a seat or in an enclosed overhead bin upon boarding and prior to landing, as directed.

For a list of carry-on baggage information, including items prohibited from your carry-on bag, visit our carry-on baggage section for more information.

Infants and children

For customers traveling with lap infants under the age of two, please visit our traveling with infants and children section for information about infant fares and additional carry-on allowances.

Child car seats must bear the FAA approved sticker.

General advisories

Customers are requested to use the lavatory in their assigned cabins and are required to do so on inbound international flights; exceptions may be made for customers with special needs.

Alcohol may not be consumed onboard an aircraft unless it has been provided by a flight attendant. No alcohol may be served to any person who appears to be intoxicated, or who is under 21 years of age.

Firearms are not permitted in the cabin of any Alaska Airlines flight. Visit our transporting firearms section for more information.

Smoking, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, and the use of electronic smoking devices are not permitted on any Alaska Airlines flight.

Due to health concerns, Alaska Airlines no longer offers on-board blankets and pillows on our flights. We encourage passengers to bring their own travel sized pillows and blankets, provided they fit into your normal carry-on luggage.

Alaska Airlines prohibits the use of items that do not meet FAA Regulations or company regulations. This includes:

  • Seat-belt extensions not provided by Alaska Airlines
  • Devices that restrict the recline of seats
  • Self-heating meals or beverages
  • Personal air purifying devices
  • Air filters placed on overhead vents


Pets must remain in a closed pet carrier for entire flight. Carrier must be stowed for taxi, takeoff and landing. Visit our traveling with pets section for more information about traveling with a pet in the cabin.

Mobile phone

Mobile phone calls may only take place while the boarding door is open at the departure city, and while taxiing to the gate upon arrival. At all other times, it must be turned off, or placed in airplane/game mode to use as a small personal electronic device.

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)

We recommend traveling with an ample supply of fully charged batteries to account for flight and connection time, plus 3 extra hours of battery life to cover any unforseen delays. Your aircraft may not have available or adequate in-seat electrical power for your device. Additionally, when using a ventilator or respirator, you should travel with backup manually-operated supplies in case of failure of your electronic equipment en-route. We do not carry such equipment on-board our aircraft.

Small devices

Customers may use small PEDs during all phases of the flight (gate-to-gate) provided it is in 'airplane/game' mode unless the Captain directs the devices to be off.

The following electronic items are considered small PED’s and are always permitted onboard our aircraft, may be held in a passenger's hand, in a belt or arm holster, in a pocket on their person, or the seat pocket, and are acceptable for use at all times, including take-off and landing. Headphones must be worn when using electronic devices with external speakers.

  • Mobile phones set to airplane/game mode*
  • Portable voice recorders
  • Electric shavers
  • Cameras
  • Global Positioning Device (GPS)
  • Hand-held electronic games/virtual pets*
  • Small tablet/laptop computers and electronic books (less than 11 inch screen size)*
  • CD, MP3, tape and DVD players*
  • Noise cancelling/reduction headsets*
  • Short-range Bluetooth accessories (e.g., wireless mouse/keyboard)*
  • Cochlear implants
  • Electric watches
  • Hearing aids
  • Heart pacemakers
  • Devices that may be held in a passenger's hand, in a belt or arm holster, in a pocket on their person or in the seat pocket (including ventilators, respirators and CPAPs)

*Due to foreign government regulations, small electronic devices and short-range Bluetooth accessories (e.g., wireless mouse/keyboard) are prohibited from use below 10,000 ft, and must be turned off and stowed on descent into and on takeoff from Mexico.

Other devices

Devices not specifically listed above as an acceptable small PED must be stowed during take-off and landing and may only be used when your aircraft is parked at the gate and when the aircraft reaches 10,000 feet. Headphones must be worn when using electronic devices with external speakers.

Prohibited devices

The following electronic items are prohibited from use after aircraft door closure, must remain stowed for take-off and landing, and may not be used until the aircraft door opens at destination:

  • Radios - AM, FM, VHF, CB
  • Televisions
  • Hand-held computers or electronic devices receiving a non-wifi signal
  • Handheld game consoles using non-bluetooth communications