How to Travel as a Minor

Generally, there is nothing wrong about allowing your child to travel alone. Most airlines allow minors to travel unaccompanied. However, there are certain precautions that you must take when planning to send your child on a flight unaccompanied. The following are important tips for minor travelers that you should observe. 

Know the Age Guidelines for Unaccompanied Minors  

Do not just assume that all minors can travel alone. Airlines consider children between 5 and 14 years old to be minors who can travel alone. If your kid is within that age bracket, they must be booked into the ‘’unaccompanied minors’’ service to travel alone. However, it is optional for minors aged 15 to 17 years old. 

Minors aged 5 to 7 years old can fly to single destinations alone but, not connecting flights. Those aged 8 years old and above can change flights but, with the help of flight attendants. 

Any minor under the age of 17 years old who is flying abroad unaccompanied may be asked to provide a signed letter of consent from a parent or guardian. 

Inform the Airline in Advance 

Do not wait until the time of boarding to tell the airline that you have a minor traveling unaccompanied. Instead, call them well ahead of time to know your options, related charges, and any other requirements. 

Consider Buying Non-stop Tickets 

Even if your child is old enough to hop onto connecting flights, you should buy non-stop tickets to avoid any confusion. It will also ensure a quick journey. 

Familiarize the Minor with the Itinerary 

You should also make sure that the minor knows the itinerary including the routes and things to do at each step of the way. That will enable them to keep to the plan, thereby avoiding any deviations.

Traveling as a minor might seem like a scary experience at first but, it is always a great way for the younger ones to explore the world and test their instincts. Instead of wondering about their safety, prepare a good travel plan and let them go experience the unique charms of new environments. 

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