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Rules That Apply to Unaccompanied Minors
Guidelines for children flying alone, also called "unaccompanied minors," vary by airline. Therefore, you should check with your carrier for specific details. In general, you can expect:
- Children ages 5 and older can usually fly unaccompanied by an adult passenger.
- However, children ages 5-8 may not be allowed to take connecting flights on their own.
- Children over 8 years old may be able to take a connecting flight, but you should be prepared for a significant airline surcharge for the additional service of having airline personnel escort your child through the terminal.
When you book the flight, make sure that you personally notify the airline that your child will be flying alone. This means that although you may purchase tickets online, you'll need to make an additional phone call directly to the airline
to state that the passenger is an unaccompanied minor.
To be safe, plan to make that call before
you purchase the ticket online, so that you can be well informed of any surcharges the airline may apply for unaccompanied minor passengers.
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