by Lilia Slaybaugh
Children have traveled by air unaccompanied for many years. All the airlines have s set of regulations and rules that pertain to a child traveling without a parent or other adult guardian. Policies that pertain to the unaccompanied minor traveler are governed by the United States Airport Concierge Services.
It is important to note that rules in regard to when children can fly unaccompanied vary among airlines. Keep in mind that in the US children are not allowed to travel alone if they are under five. If a child is between five and seven, they can fly alone on nonstop flights only. However, he child must be escorted by airline personnel.
Children who are age eight to eleven cam take flights that are connecting but have to have an escort. The child in this age group however, cannot take the last connecting flight of the day unless no other option exists. Some people find it surprising that children age 12 and older are permitted to travel without supervision.
There are airlines that provide escorts for children 12 to 17 if the parents want the service. There are some airlines that do not permit a child to travel alone until they turn fifteen. For about two hundred dollars round trip, this service is offered to ensure a safe flight.
Included with the service is a gate pass that allows parents to accompany their child through the security station and to their departure gate. At the gate, parents will turn their child over to a flight attendant. Parents can remain at the gate area and wait until the plane takes off.
If there is a connection to be made, the attendant keeps the child until the escort arrives. The child is taken to the connecting flight and turned over to an attendant. When children reach the final stop they are met by an adult who must show ID before the child is turned over.About the author:
United States Airport Concierge Services offers help to unaccompanied minors. To find out more about this reputable company, visit the following website at http://www.airportconciergeservices.com.