Millions of children fly alone each year without any problems, but sometimes it can be stressful for the parent and the child. Be sure your child carries emergency phone numbers and extra cash and is prepared in the event of a delayed flight or missed connection. If your child is traveling alone, he or she should be advised to ask airline or airport personnel for assistance rather than seeking help from other travelers.
The age at which a child may fly alone varies and depends in large part on the capabilities of your child and the policy of the airline. Contact your airline for more information about its policies and procedures for children traveling alone. Some airlines allow children as young as five years old to travel alone on direct flights and many allow children ages eight and up to travel unaccompanied on a flight with connections. Airline personnel will typically escort minors under a certain age, but there is a fee for this service.
Air Travel Tips for Teens
It's easy to get confused at an airport. Don't be shy about asking airline personnel for help. If you do not receive satisfaction from ticket agents, ask to see the supervisor on duty or the manager.
Never leave the airport to locate a hotel should your flight be delayed or canceled. Many hotels will not accept young people without an adult. Always seek assistance from the airline or airport personnel. Never leave the airport with a stranger.
If you are not on the flight that is listed on your ticket, ask airline personnel to contact the responsible adult listed in the unaccompanied minor form.
You may also seek help at the passenger information desks. At Boston Logan, the public information booths are located on the lower level of each terminal.