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Children Flying Alone

Children flying alone are a great experience; however there might be serious reasons for children flying alone. The need for flying alone may be due to relocation by either of the parent or some extended family located in another geographical area. Regardless of the reason for the solitude trip, it is definitely a big event for the child involved. Based on the child’s age, flying alone can be exciting or scary or may have mixed feelings. Conversely, airlines display great care to such children and set a system to guide the children to reach their destination with ease. The care taken on board is identical to other passengers, however the prime caretaker are the stewards or stewardesses. They help the child in switching over planes as well. Conversely, the airlines charge for their services offered and this cost varies depending on the airlines.

Children flying alone are termed as unaccompanied minor. The reservation for such children should be done well in advance and should be notified with the airlines that they are traveling alone. Similarly, booking for such children on the last flights are not allowed as in case of any delay, they may face problems. The rules for such children flying alone vary in each of the airlines. However, mostly such children are sent through direct flights. Children above eight years or older can travel in connecting flights. Though, young children do not need identification on domestic flights, it is essential to have a passport for flying internationally. These children should also be supported with emergency contact numbers and this should be known to an airline representative.

Children flying alone by domestic flights are expected to reach the airport two hours before the flight departure and three hours early for international flights. Airlines will demand the authorization of the parent or guardian, child identification information, flight itinerary and the meeting person details at the destination point. Airlines will refrain from releasing the child to anyone apart from the designated person. Children are made to board first and are disembarked last and stay constantly under supervision. They will be escorted off the plane into the arrivals area and the person meeting at the destination point has to provide photo identification. Only on ensuring it is right, the airlines release the child from their care. However, parents or guardians sending children alone should pack few books or games and can also pack their favorite snacks. This keeps the children feel secure and they travel without any trouble.