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Guru Travel Tips of Unaccompanied Children on Plane

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  • Each airline's policies about children traveling alone is different. Check well ahead of time. 

  • Ask your airline what paperwork, identification and documentation will be needed.

  • Check their minimum age restriction for children traveling alone.

  • Determine who can bring the child to the airport and who must meet the flight on the other end.


  • Always book a nonstop flight if possible. Direct flights have stops and connecting flights mean a plane change. Both scenarios will increase the chance for problems and you don't want that.

  • Never book the last flight of the day. Most airlines preclude children from taking or connecting onto the last flight of the day.  A problem with the flight could result in an overnight stay and a confused and frightened child.

Ask yourself some of the questions listed below :

  • What precautions does the airline take to guarantee your child’s safety ?

  • Do they properly notify the captain and all flight attendants that your child is traveling alone ?

  • Will someone escort the child between connecting flights ?

  • Do they provide access to a safe, secure waiting area for your child ?

  • Take all necessary precautions and notify the airline of any special needs or concerns about your child,  such as medical conditions or physical disabilities.

  • Discuss and possibly role-play the flight process with your child. Repetition is important when the child is traveling alone.

  • Read some books to them that have travel themes. This should create more interest and  comfort with the whole process.

  • Introduce your child to the flight attendants. Stress the importance of following their instructions. Assure the child that they are there for them, in case they need help.

  • Explain the importance of keeping  their seat belt fastened during the entire flight.

  • Be certain that your child understands the entire process. Make sure that they know who they are meeting as well as where and when they are meeting them.

  • A valid ticket or PIN number, if ticketed electronically. Picture I.D.and any paperwork that the airline requires.

  • Names, phone numbers and address at home, written legibly and secured in a safe place.

  • Contact names, phone number and address at the destination.

  • A complete written itinerary, with flight numbers, times and gate location if available.

  • A complete, detailed description and pertinent information on who they are meeting at their destination.  Also, when and where ? 

  • A small amount of cash, both in change and $1 and $5 bills. 

  • A phone calling card. If none is available, make sure they have instructions on how to call home, collect.

  • Something to entertain them on the plane.

  • Usually, due to security, you probably won’t be allowed on board, even if you are just trying to get your child settled.  Ask if a flight attendant can come to the gate so that you can introduce them to the child. Never leave the area until a few minutes AFTER the plane has left the ground. There's always the possibility that the plane might have a problem and return to the gate. If that happens, you'll need to be there.

  • Each airport’s site is different, but  many contain airport terminal layouts and features, parking information, flight delays and other items that could save you time and help make your visit a safe one.  It also lists many airport codes that can be helpful when making airline reservations so you and your luggage will be arrive at the same place.

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