Who is considered an unaccompanied minor?
What are airline policies for unaccompanied minors?
- American Airlines: Children ages 5-14 are required to sign up for unaccompanied minor services if traveling alone; the airline says it is optimal for those 15 to 17. They are able to take advantage of early boarding procedures, visit kids-only lounges at airports in hub cities and be escorted through flight connections and until their authorized adult has picked them up once they have landed. Unaccompanied children ages 5 to 7 can do only nonstop flights; ages 8 to 14 can fly on some connecting flights.
- Delta Air Lines: Children ages 5-7 are allowed to travel alone only on nonstop flights, and those 8 to 14 can fly on select connecting flights. If they are on a layover, they will be escorted by a Delta or business-partner employee through these stops. They are also given a wristband to scan through Delta checkpoints until they’ve boarded their flight. They are required to bring photo identification and a contact phone number, plus the name, address and phone number of the adult meeting them at their destination.
- United Airlines: Children ages 5-14 are allowed to travel alone only on nonstop flights and are required to use the airline’s unaccompanied minor services. They are also able to meet the pilot and are escorted to their seat, where flight attendants check on them throughout their journey. For international flights, agents will meet them at the ticket counter and escort them. After the flight lands, an agent will escort the child to their designated person for pickup. Procedures on this vary depending on domestic and international flights.
- Southwest Airlines: The airline’s unaccompanied minor program is only for children ages 5 to 11, and they are not allowed to travel on connecting flights. Multiple children are able to travel on the same reservation, but travel fees would apply for each child. Children 12 and older can use the airline’s Young Traveler program.
- Frontier Airlines: Children under 15 are not allowed to travel alone and are required to be on the same reservation as an adult accompanying them.
How much do unaccompanied minor services cost?
How should parents arrange flight details?
How do unaccompanied minors go through TSA?
What are airlines responsible for with unaccompanied minors?