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Unaccompanied Minor Program

Program details, unaccompanied minor travel journey.

If your child is traveling alone as an unaccompanied minor, an adult (18 years old or older) must accompany the minor through the check-in process and pick up the child at their destination. Review the process to help your unaccompanied minor prepare for their flight. 

How to Book 

To determine eligibility and book a reservation for an unaccompanied minor, you must contact Reservations at 800-325-8847 to ensure that the travel is permitted and correctly documented. When you book, the adult making the reservation will provide a 4-digit PIN configuration that will be required to make any changes to the itinerary.  

Getting Ready to Fly

When it’s time to travel, we recommend talking with your child about the journey, reminding them only to speak to Delta Air Lines representatives if they need anything. Remind them not to leave the gate area at any time and notify Delta if your child has any special needs. When packing, we recommend bringing: 

  • Snacks, games, books or other entertainment
  • A single, small carry-on like a backpack, so nothing’s left behind
  • A checked suitcase for larger items, which your child and accompanying adult can pick up after their flight
  • An ID card & contact information attached to your child’s carry-on bag or jacket

Required Check-In Documents

When you arrive at the airport, please see a Delta Airport Customer Service Agent for information regarding drop-off and pick-up for unaccompanied minor travel. You will receive a  wristband for your child to wear in-flight and create a package of boarding documents and ID for your child to use as they travel. At check-in, the accompanying adult must provide the following:

  • Photo ID (license, passport, etc.) 
  • Address (as shown on ID) 
  • Contact phone number 
  • Name, address and phone number of the adult meeting the unaccompanied minor at their destination

Unaccompanied Minor Boarding & Takeoff 

A parent or designated accompanying adult must take the unaccompanied minor to the departure gate and remain until the flight has left the ground. 

If the minor is connecting though another city, the child will be assisted by a Delta or business partner employee. 

  • Delta recommends that children be seated in the rear of the aircraft to be near a flight attendant for safety
  • For questions or concerns, please contact Delta Air Lines at 800-325-8847 (U.S./Canada/Guam/Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands) or find numbers for all other locations

Delta Sky Zone

If your child has a connecting flight through Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City or Seattle, we offer Delta Sky Zones for their entertainment. In these children-only areas, children flying alone can wait for connections, use complimentary phones to call parents/guardians and take advantage of activities like books, toys and video games. Staffed by Delta representatives, your child will find staff members always there to help them feel secure and comfortable.  

Unaccompanied Minor Pick-Up 

A valid ID must be presented and signature captured of the person meeting the child. Delta will not release to anyone other than the person named. A parent or accompanying adult should report to the destination airport two hours before scheduled arrival to obtain a gate pass. Please note: 

  • If the pickup person at the destination changes, the accompanying adult must call Delta at 800-325-8847 to provide the new information.
  • Upon arrival, if someone other than the person named at check-in is at the destination to pick up the child, a Delta representative will contact the original accompanying adult to verify the identification of the pickup person at the destination.
  • The pickup person at the destination will typically be issued a gate pass to pick up the unaccompanied minor at the gate. In some locations, the pickup person will be directed to the local Delta Baggage Service Office for pickup.
  • At the point of departure, the accompanying adult must remain at the gate until the flight is off the ground.

Unaccompanied Minor Program Fees & Rules

The Unaccompanied Minor Program requires a fee of $150 USD/CAD/EUR each way, with CAD and EUR used when departing Canada or Europe. This fee applies to travel within the United States and International on both nonstop and connecting flights, in addition to the ticketed adult fare. 

  • The $150 fee is mandatory for children ages 5-14, and for 15-17-year-olds if a parent chooses to enroll in the unaccompanied minor program
  • The fee covers up to 4 children if multiple children, such as siblings, are traveling together 
  • The fee can be paid one-way or round-trip at the time of check in or in advance by calling 
  • Unaccompanied Minors must be ticketed on an adult fare
  • Travel is permitted on Delta and Delta Connection
  • Travel is permitted on Domestic and International itineraries
  • Unaccompanied Minors can only connect to other Delta, Delta Connection, Air France, KLM and Aeromexico flights
  • Travel is not permitted on the last connecting flight of the day, except in markets with only one flight per day.
  • International flights
  • Connecting to/from international flights
  • Connecting to markets with only one flight per day

Unaccompanied Minor Frequently Asked Questions

A Delta Air Lines employee will take your child on board before general boarding begins. This allows time to:

  • Introduce your child to the flight attendants
  • Introduce your child to the cockpit crew, time permitting 
  • Take your child to his or her seat and assist with carry-on items
  • Familiarize your child with the safety features of the aircraft
  • Advise your child of lavatory locations
  • Inform your child if assistance is required to contact a flight attendant and to remain in their seat upon landing as a flight attendant will get them when it is time to deplane

No. You will be asked to say goodbye in the terminal area because access is restricted to ticketed passengers only. We do ask, however, that you stay in the gate area until the child's plane takes off in the event the flight returns to the gate.

A badged employee will meet your child's arriving flight. If your child's connection time is short, the unaccompanied minor escort will take your child directly to the connecting departure and will escort him or her on board.

If your child's layover is longer, the employee will take him or her to the Delta Sky Zone or other secure location, and turn the ticket and the Unaccompanied Minor over to the next Delta Air Lines representatives in the room (the employee keeps your child's documentation until it is time to go to the connecting flight). Another representative will escort your child onto the connecting flight at the appropriate time and introduce him or her to the flight attendants.

If we have any indication that your child’s flight may not operate as scheduled, we'll advise you and suggest that you book travel for another day. If the delay or cancellation occurs en route, Delta employees will:

  • Rebook your child on the next available departure to their destination
  • Stay with your child until they can be boarded on an alternate flight
  • Contact the person at the destination who is designated to pick up the child and/or the person listed as the emergency contact. We will continue to attempt contact until contact is made

Under very rare circumstances, an overnight may be required (e.g. a major snowstorm). In these situations, we will provide overnight and meal accommodations for your child. And a Delta employee(s) will provide supervision to ensure your child's safety during an overnight stay. You will be contacted with pertinent information if this unusual circumstance occurs.

Enrollment in the Delta Air Lines Unaccompanied Minor program is mandatory for children 5 to 14. If you prefer that your 15 to 17-year-old travel without supervision, please advise the agent at the time of the reservation and it will be noted. Your child will be expected to handle boarding and deplaning as well as transfers to connecting gates on their own.

  • Remind your teenager never to leave the airport for any reason unless accompanied by a badged Delta employee or uniformed police officer until they have reached their destination city
  • She or he should never seek help from or leave the airport with strangers
  • Provide your teenager with instructions, phone contacts and a small amount of money for food in the unlikely event their flight is missed, delayed, canceled or rerouted
  • Remind your teenager that they can seek the assistance of any Delta employee if they have questions, concerns or need reassurance
  • Remember most hotels will not accept young people who are not accompanied by an adult

Yes. If you are dropping off or picking up your minor but opted out of the Unaccompanied Minor program, we will issue you a pass to accompany your child to the gate. Please check with an airport agent at the time of check-in to have the gate pass issued.

Due to safety concerns, gate passes are not issued for the person picking up the minor (15-17) unless they are enrolled in the Unaccompanied Minor program.

Yes.  International UMNR travel resumed April 1, 2021. However, there are some restrictions on travel based on individual country requirements or travel on other airlines.  Contact Reservations at 800-325-8847 for more detail related to international travel for UMNRs. 

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Unaccompanied minors

Children traveling alone.

We want your child to have a safe and positive trip. For safety, we require children age 5 – 14 traveling alone to use our unaccompanied minor service. This service is optional for children age 15 – 17, but if requested, then the fee applies.

The unaccompanied minor fee is $150* each way, plus applicable taxes † , in addition to the ticket price. This fee covers additional siblings on the same flight.

* Amount quoted in U.S. dollar (USD)

† Flights within the U.S. are subject to a 7% tax, and flights originating in Canada are charged a 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Unaccompanied minor service

Our service includes:

  • Early boarding to allow extra time to get settled and meet the flight attendants
  • Kids-only lounges in our hub cities for flight connections
  • Complimentary Kids' Kits from Quaker with snacks and activities (for ages 5 – 10, in hub cities)
  • An airport escort to help your child to the gate for flight connections
  • Escorting the child to the authorized adult picking them up when they land

Keep in mind, our flight attendants will be busy with onboard duties and can’t continuously monitor your child during their flight. Let your child know to ring the call button if they need anything.

Age and flight restrictions for children traveling alone:

We don’t allow children to travel alone when their trips include:

  • Flights on another airline including codeshare and one world® partners
  • Ground or co-terminal connections where the child must transfer from one local airport to another
  • The last flight of the day from the final connection city (unless it’s the only flight)
  • Overnight connecting flights

Note: Children ages 2 – 14 can travel as an 'accompanied minor' with someone 16 or older.

Complimentary Kids' Kits by Quaker

Children between 5-10 years old can stay entertained during their journey with our complimentary Kids’ Kits* presented by Quaker. Included are puzzles, activities and 2 complimentary snacks to enjoy at the airport or in flight. Kits are available for children departing from:

  • Charlotte, NC (CLT)
  • Washington Reagan, D.C. (DCA)
  • Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (DFW)
  • New York, NY (JFK and LGA)
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Chicago, IL (ORD)
  • Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
  • Phoenix, AZ (PHX)

*Subject to availability

Booking your child's trip

Unaccompanied minors need to be booked by phone.

Contact Reservations

Preparing for travel

Whether your child has traveled alone or this is their first time, we recommend talking with them about the trip and what to expect. Assure them our team is there to help keep them safe.

Some helpful tips to prepare:

  • Point out our team uniforms at the airport. Remind your child to ask for help only from a uniformed team member.
  • Write down phone numbers for your child.
  • Pack games, books and money in one small carry-on.
  • Food and drink service is limited, so we recommend packing snacks for your child to enjoy during their flight.
  • Attach an ID card and contact information to your child’s carry-on bag or jacket.
  • Fully charge any electronic devices, and don’t forget to pack chargers and headphones.
  • Be sure your child knows to wait for a team member to walk them off the plane when they land (this includes older children using our service).

Note: We don’t hold or give personal medication to an unaccompanied child.

At the airport

Check-in and required documents.

Arrive at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure time of your child’s flight and speak with a ticket counter agent. Children traveling alone can’t check in online or at the kiosk.

You’ll need to fill out an unaccompanied minor form and any necessary Customs and Immigration documents for the day of departure. This form must remain with your child during their journey. At check-in, parents / guardians will also need to provide:

  • A birth certificate or passport as proof of the child’s age
  • The adult’s government-issued photo ID with their current address
  • Your phone number so we can contact you
  • The name, address and phone number of the adult meeting your child at their destination

Once your child is checked in, the ticket agent will give you a security pass from the airport ticket counter so you can take your child to the gate.

Boarding and takeoff

For a smooth departure:

  • An adult must take the child to the departure gate and stay until the flight is airborne.
  • When you get to the gate, tell the gate agent you have an unaccompanied minor traveling on the flight.
  • We’ll board your child early so they can meet the flight crew and learn about the plane’s safety features.
  • The gate agent will let you know when the flight is airborne and you can leave the airport.
  • Please contact the adult picking up your child to let them know they’re on their way.

During the flight

Our flight attendants will check on your child as duties allow, but they can’t continuously monitor your child throughout the flight.

Please remind your child to:

  • Tell a flight attendant if he or she needs assistance or feels discomfort.
  • Follow plane safety instructions, like wearing their seatbelt.
  • Wait for a uniformed team member to escort them off the airplane once it arrives at the gate.

Unaccompanied minor lounges

If your child has a connection, we have lounges for unaccompanied minors in these airports:

  • Dallas Fort Worth, TX (DFW)

While there, your child can wait for their connection and play games while supervised by American business partner personnel. These staff members will take your child outside the lounge to buy food and drinks, but they won’t be allowed to walk around outside alone.

Arrival and pick-up

For a seamless pick-up, don’t forget your government-issued photo ID. You’ll need to show it to get a security pass and meet the child at the gate (in the U.S.). You’ll also need to show it before we release the child to you.

We suggest arriving at least 2 hours before the child’s scheduled arrival so you have enough time.

Flight status and notifications

Stay connected with your child’s journey with flight notifications and remind the adult picking up your child from the airport to do the same. Be sure to get alerts for all flights in their trip.

Flight status

Flight delays and cancellations

We’ll call the contacts on the unaccompanied minor form and arrange an alternate flight if your child is unable to make a connecting flight due to delays or cancellations.

In the rare case that your child needs to stay overnight because of a missed connection, we’ll arrange for overnight accommodations, meals and supervision. We’ll call if this occurs.

Young adults (15 – 17 years of age)

If your young adult isn’t using the unaccompanied minor service and their flight is delayed or canceled, they will be accommodated as an adult customer. Keep in mind, many hotels won’t allow young people to check-in unless they are accompanied by an adult. Please remind them not to leave the airport for any reason unless they:

  • Are accompanied by a uniformed team member or police officer
  • Have spoken with a parent or designated adult

Please tell your young adult to speak to a team member if they have questions or need help.

Children traveling outside the U.S.

You may not be able to escort your child through security in some airports. If this is the case, a team member will take your child to the gate and stay with them until the flight departs.

Children under 18 may need a Letter of Consent to travel internationally without both parents.

Country-specific regulations

Some countries have additional restrictions for children traveling with guardians or as an unaccompanied minor.

If your child is traveling unaccompanied or with only one parent, you’ll need:

  • The child's birth certificate
  • Notarized travel authorization from both parents

The Brazilian Embassy or Consulate must issue, authenticate or legalize this travel authorization.

Contact the consulate in the child’s country of residence or check the National Council of Justice site for more information.

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Italian citizens younger than 14 traveling internationally must have their Individual Passport and Dichiarazione di Accompagno (Declaration of Temporary Guardianship for Travel Abroad). The document must include:

  • The signature of a parent or legal guardian
  • Authentication by local Police Headquarters
  • The name of the airline the child will use

For children with a document proving another nationality (not Italian), check with the local Italian embassy or consulate in their residence country or the embassy or consulate of their destination country for requirements.

Children younger than 18 (at time of travel) and traveling alone to or from Mexico must have a travel authorization letter. This letter must be:

  • Signed by at least one parent or legal guardian

All children should present their own passport and meet the requirements of their destination.

Spanish authorities require that all Spanish children traveling alone, with only one parent or with a third party have a travel permit requested by the parents or legal guardians. This permit must be issued by one of these: Police, Civil Guard, Notary’s Office or Town Hall.

For children with a document proving another nationality (not Spanish) and living in Spain, go to the consulate to complete the necessary paperwork.

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Parents typically want to travel with their children, but that isn't always possible. Your children may have to travel by themselves for a variety of reasons.

So, that leads parents to ask, "Can minors fly alone?" And, "How old do you have to be?"

The answer depends on the airline and the type of flight you want to purchase. Learn about the rules for each airline, how much they charge and what restrictions govern unaccompanied minor flights.

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Here are a few of the reasons why your child may need to fly alone.

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Which airlines allow unaccompanied minors to fly?

Flying as an unaccompanied minor is available on major carriers Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United Airlines.

At what age can you fly alone?

The minimum age to travel alone varies among airlines. While there are no specific federal laws on how old a child must be to fly alone, no major U.S. airline allows children under the age of 5 to fly by themselves.

Unaccompanied minors may also travel internationally if they have a passport and meet the airline's requirements.

Depending on which airline your child is flying and their age, the airline may require them to fly nonstop or on a direct flight that doesn't require a plane change. As they get older, some airlines allow them to take connecting flights.

Once a child turns 15, most airlines allow them to fly alone without unaccompanied minor rules and fees. Some airlines allow children as young as 12 to travel without these procedures.

Child travel policies by airline

The travel policies for unaccompanied minors vary significantly by airline. Depending on your child's age and circumstances, your child may not be able to fly on your preferred airline.

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Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines' Junior Jetsetters program is an unaccompanied minor service for young fliers aged 5 to 17 on domestic and international flights. It costs $150 each way per flight.

The service is optional for young adults ages 13 through 17 years old.

American Airlines

American Airlines’ unaccompanied minor service is required for children ages 5 to 14 traveling alone. Children ages 2 to 14 can travel as unaccompanied minors with someone who is 16 years and older.

The American Airlines unaccompanied minor fee is $150 each way (plus taxes) and must be booked over the phone. The fee also covers additional siblings on the same flight. It includes early boarding, kids-only lounges in hub cities, an airport escort and more.

There are different levels of restrictions based on your child's age:

0 to 4 years: Cannot travel alone.

5 to 7 years : Nonstop flights only.

8 to 14 years : Nonstop flights and connecting flights through select hub cities.

15 to 17 years : Unaccompanied minor service is optional.

You cannot use this service on code-share or partner-operated flights, the last flight of the day or overnight connecting flights.

Delta Air Lines

For a Delta unaccompanied minor fee of $150 each way, up to four children ages 5 to 14 can travel together as unaccompanied minors. Minors between the ages of 15 and 17 can also use this service, but it is not required. With this service, Delta provides an employee escort and special amenities for children during their trip.

At select airports, children also have access to the Delta Sky Zone. This kids-only lounge featuring video games and snacks is a secure area for children to relax between flights.

Unaccompanied minors receive a bar-coded wristband that tracks their journey. Parents are allowed to accompany their children through airport security to the gate area until their departure.

Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines eliminated unaccompanied minor travel for children under the age of 15 in 2018. All children under 15 must travel with an accompanying adult to fly with Frontier Airlines.

Children ages 15 and older are treated as adults when flying Frontier. They do not receive special accommodations or airline escorts like those available with other airlines.

JetBlue Airways

Travelers between the ages of 5 and 13 are considered unaccompanied minors with JetBlue. Under the JetBlue unaccompanied minor rules, they can take only nonstop flights.

Additionally, there can be a maximum of three unaccompanied minors on each flight. So, you may not be able to pick certain flights if there are already too many unaccompanied minors on that flight. There is a fee of $150 each way for each child for this service.

Once children reach their 14th birthday, JetBlue allows them to travel alone without restrictions.

Southwest Airlines

Children ages 5 to 11 are required to book an unaccompanied minor ticket on Southwest. Parents can book these tickets online, over the phone or at the airport ticket counter.

The Southwest unaccompanied minor fee is $100 each way per child and due at booking. These fees are refundable if the minor does not travel or if they're later joined by an accompanying passenger age 12 or older.

Parents can get a gate pass from the Southwest ticket counter to bring their children through security and deliver them to their departure gate. At the gate, the child receives an unaccompanied minor lanyard that holds their paperwork and must be worn throughout the duration of their flight.

Unaccompanied minors cannot travel on connecting flights. They must fly nonstop or on a flight that does not require a change of planes. These travelers also cannot travel on flights that require an overnight connection.

Passengers 12 and older are able to travel as "Young Travelers" on Southwest. While Southwest allows these younger passengers to travel alone, parents should consider whether their child is capable of navigating the airport by themselves, dealing with flight disruptions and other scenarios they may face.

Spirit Airlines

The Spirit unaccompanied minor fee is $150 and its policy is as follows:

4 Years and Younger Children must travel with another guest at least 15 years of age.

5-14 Years children can fly on direct flights only and require booking the unaccompanied minor service.

15 Years and older guests are not required to have Unaccompanied Minor service, but it is an option.

Young fliers are offered a snack and drink as part of the service.

United Airlines

On United Airlines, unaccompanied minor service is required for children ages 5 to 14 and is optional for passengers ages 15 to 17. These tickets can be purchased online, over the phone or at the airport.

At the airport, you'll check your child in at the airport ticket counter, where they'll receive a special wristband and envelope for their travel documents. Parents can get a gate pass at U.S. airports to walk their children to the gate.

To use the unaccompanied minor service, children must be booked on a nonstop United or United Express flight. The fee is $150 each way for up to two kids, $300 for up to four kids and $450 for up to six kids.

Comparison of unaccompanied minor fees by airline

This chart summarizes the ages and fees for unaccompanied minor travelers.

The bottom line

Even if you cannot travel with your child, it is still possible for them to travel alone. If you're considering allowing your child to travel without you, you may wonder, "How old do you have to be to fly alone?"

While no major U.S. airline allows children under the age of 5 to travel solo, the rules and fees vary considerably for children ages 5 to 17. In some cases, children as young as 12 years can fly without any restrictions.

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Unaccompanied Minors Delta: Navigating Air Travel for Young Solo Flyers

John Parker

With young flyers traveling alone on Delta Air Lines, the safety and comfort of the unaccompanied minors are of utmost importance.

Delta has a dedicated program to assist young passengers traveling without an adult, ensuring peace of mind for both the children and their guardians.

With a focus on escort services, special amenities, and tailored care, Delta’s unaccompanied minor program is designed for children aged 5 to 14 years.

Delta Unaccompanied Minor: Delta Airlines offers a comprehensive unaccompanied minor program to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience for young passengers. The program includes dedicated staff assistance, supervised check-in and inflight care, and personalized communication with parents or guardians.

Delta Unaccompanied Minors Program

Unaccompanied Minors Program on Delta Airlines

Delta Airlines offers a comprehensive Unaccompanied Minor Program to ensure the safety and comfort of children traveling alone. This program is designed for children between the ages of 5 to 14 who are not accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older.

The Unaccompanied Minor service includes several useful features to make the journey more enjoyable and secure for the child.

  • One such feature is a trackable wristband, ensuring Delta personnel can always locate the young traveler.
  • Additionally, the child will have access to the Sky Zone lounge where available, which is specifically designed for kids to relax and have fun while waiting for their flights.
  • Throughout the travel day, a Delta personnel escort will accompany the child to provide assistance and supervision as needed.

Delta charges a $150 fee each way for the Unaccompanied Minor service. This fee covers up to four children traveling together, making it more cost-effective for families with multiple children needing this service.

The program is available for travel within the United States and international travel on both nonstop and connecting flights.

It is important to note that children aged 15-17 are permitted to travel as standard passengers without the need for the unaccompanied minor service, as long as they can present a valid ID to security personnel.

Eligibility and Age Requirements

Unaccompanied minor services are provided by Delta for children between the ages of 5 and 14. For this age group, enrollment in the unaccompanied minor program is mandatory.

For teenagers between the ages of 15 and 17, the unaccompanied minor program is optional. Parents can choose to enroll their children in the program if they prefer additional assistance and supervision during the trip.

It is important to note that children 4 years old and younger are not permitted to travel alone on Delta flights and should be accompanied by an adult passenger aged 18 years or older.

Special amenities and employee escorts are provided to unaccompanied minors to ensure a reliable and comfortable trip. These services are designed to keep the child safe and well-taken care of during their travel experience with Delta (Source) .

Booking and Check-In Process

In this section, we will go through the process of booking flights for unaccompanied minors with Delta and the necessary steps during the in-person check-in.

Online Booking

Booking a flight for an unaccompanied minor with Delta cannot be done through the standard online booking process. To determine eligibility and book a reservation for an unaccompanied minor, you must contact Delta’s Reservations department at 800-325-8847.

This dedicated phone line will ensure that the minor’s travel is permitted and correctly documented. During the booking process, the adult making the reservation will provide a 4-digit PIN configuration that will be required for making any changes to the itinerary.

In-Person Check-In

Once the reservation has been made, unaccompanied minors must complete the check-in process in person at the airport. The adult accompanying the minor should arrive at the airport well in advance to allow sufficient time for the check-in and to complete all required documentation.

During the check-in process, Delta staff will verify the minor’s age, confirm the identity of the adult who will be picking the minor up at the destination, and ensure that all required documents are in order. Parents or guardians should make sure the minor has a copy of their identification, travel itinerary, and contact information for both the drop-off and pick-up adults.

After successful check-in, the unaccompanied minor may be escorted by Delta staff to the gate or by a parent/guardian if they have requested a security pass. A Delta staff member will take the minor on board the plane early and be introduced to the flight crew. This is to ensure a smooth transition for the minor during the entirety of their travel experience.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

When it comes to unaccompanied minors flying with Delta Air Lines, there are certain procedures and guidelines that must be followed to ensure a smooth and safe journey for the child.

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Airport Security Process

For unaccompanied minors, an adult (18 years old or older) must accompany the child through the check-in process. This includes helping the child obtain their boarding pass and baggage tags, and guiding them through the security checkpoints.

After clearing security, the adult can then accompany the child to the gate to help them board their flight. Before departure, the adult will need to provide their contact information to Delta staff so they can be informed of any flight updates or changes.

I asked Delta about this as I wasn’t sure how a non-passenger could go through airport security to the gate with the minor without a boarding card. This was Delta’s reply:

“Parents or guardians not travelling with the minor can accompany the minor to the departure gate. You can do so with the gate pass that you can request at the airport upon checking in with the minor. The same goes for picking up the minor from the airport, the person can request for the pass at the airport to meet the minor at the arrival gate.”

It seems that this is optional and that a Delta agent will accompany the minor through security in some circumstances – although most parents will want to accompany them as far as possible.

Meeting Points

Delta staff will escort the child through the arrivals process, including baggage claim and customs clearance if applicable, before handing the child over to the designated adult. That is unless the designated adult has requested a security pass to meet the minor at the gate (see quote above).

Upon arrival at their destination, the unaccompanied minor will be met by a designated adult. This person must present a valid photo ID and be listed as an approved contact on the child’s reservation. It is important to confirm and coordinate the pick-up location with the airline and the designated adult to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience for the child.

By following these drop-off and pick-up procedures, parents and guardians can trust that their unaccompanied minors will be well-cared for and safe throughout their Delta Air Lines journey.

Fees and Additional Charges

Delta Airlines charges a fee for their Unaccompanied Minor Program, which ensures the safety and comfort of children traveling alone. This fee varies based on the travel destination and is in addition to the standard ticket fare.

For travel within the United States and internationally, Delta charges a fee of $150 USD/CAD/EUR each way for unaccompanied minors. This fee covers up to 4 children traveling together.

Some additional services may be included in the Unaccompanied Minor Program fee:

  • Constant supervision by Delta personnel during layovers and connections
  • Entertainment options for the child during the flight, such as movies and games
  • Snacks and meals, depending on the duration of the flight

Bear in mind that parents or guardians must provide proper documentation and identification for unaccompanied minors. Failure to do so may result in additional fees or delay in the child’s travel plans.

Finally, it’s essential to review Delta’s age restrictions for unaccompanied minors to ensure compliance with their policies.

Services and Amenities

Supervision and care.

Delta’s Unaccompanied Minor Program ensures that children traveling alone receive special attention and supervision from the moment they check in until they reach their final destination.

Delta staff assists with flight connections and ensures that the child is delivered to the designated adult upon arrival.

In-Flight Entertainment

Delta offers a variety of in-flight entertainment options for unaccompanied minors during their journey. Some facilities include toys, video games, and books, making the flight experience enjoyable and engaging for the child.

Delta also offers a wide selection of age-appropriate movies, TV shows, and music channels through its seatback entertainment systems.

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Kids traveling alone on Delta flights can enjoy complimentary meals and snacks, depending on the duration of the flight.

Meals are served in kid-friendly packaging and include a variety of nutritious and tasty options, catering to different dietary requirements and preferences.

Important Tips and Guidelines

When booking a flight for an unaccompanied minor with Delta Air Lines, there are several key tips and guidelines to ensure a smooth and safe journey for your child.

First, make sure your child is mentally and emotionally prepared to travel alone. Each child is different, and their readiness to fly solo can vary.

Delta’s Unaccompanied Minor program is designed for children aged 5 to 14 years. Children aged 4 or younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.

During the check-in process, an adult (18 years or older) must accompany the minor and pick them up at their destination.

Children traveling as unaccompanied minors receive barcoded wristbands to track their journey. Parents or guardians can escort the child to the gate area through security.

Some airports feature Delta Sky Zone, a kids-only lounge with video games, snacks, and a secure area for unaccompanied minors to hang out between flights. These can be found at Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle airports.

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Carmen Wilson-Wright took their first solo flight from Baltimore to visit their grandparents in San Antonio, Texas, when they were 8 years old.

Their mother is a travel journalist, so Wilson-Wright, whose pronouns are they/them/their, said it felt like a normal thing to do.

"I was already more of an experienced flyer. I’ve been flying since I was 10 days old," they said. "Honestly, I wasn’t nerve-wracked at all. My mom had been preparing me for that basically my entire life."

Now 17, Wilson-Wright still flies alone at least three or four times a year and said that knowing they can take care of themselves even when they're hundreds of miles from anyone they know has given them a strong sense of independence. 

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Child development experts told USA TODAY that letting kids fly unaccompanied can be a great way to help them develop their sense of self, and agreed that 5 was – developmentally speaking – a good age for most kids to start having that opportunity under the right circumstances.

Is my kid ready to fly alone?

Every child develops at a different rate and handles various situations in their own way, but psychiatrists generally agree most should be able to handle flying alone from a pretty young age.

"Most people don't give kids enough credit," said Lea Lis, a child psychiatrist and author of "No Shame: Real Talk With Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Healthy Relationships." "Unless your child has a developmental delay or something, they're perfectly capable of handling a trip."

Most airlines require unaccompanied minors to be escorted to their departure gate and met at their arrival gate by an adult guardian, and Lis said the way most airlines structure travel for solo kids helps give them a sense of independence without any real danger.

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"It might be the first time they were given an opportunity to be away from their caregiver, and airlines and airports are extremely safe," she said. "It's giving them this sense of freedom without any real risk to their safety and security."

Marcel Green, a private practice psychiatrist in New York City, affiliated with Hudson Mind and The Children's Village, among other institutions, said solo travel could also help kids become better problem-solvers.

"It nurtures the development of a cognitive skill called executive functioning, which refers to one’s ability to coordinate and implement planning," he said. "Traveling alone represents an extremely important task, and if a kid is supported enough to master that task, it will correlate with swifter development."

How can I prepare my kids to fly by themselves? 

Lis practices what she preaches. In 2017, her then 7-year-old daughter took a solo trip to Germany to visit a great aunt.

"They upgraded her to first class, and she loved it," Lis said.

While a luxe seat is hardly guaranteed for any young adventurer, there's plenty caregivers can do ahead of a trip to help kids be more calm and more comfortable.

"Make it fun instead of scary," Lis said. "Don’t say, 'Oh my God, this is going to be so hard for you,' say, 'This is going to be so fun for you.' "

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She added that doing something special like giving the kid a little gift – like a new book or toy – to unwrap on the plane could help make the trip even more exciting and provide a good distraction if they get bored or nervous.

Green said the key is making sure kids can handle other tasks independently first.

"Is the child able to perform an errand by themselves under the supervision of parents?" he said. "That would be a good gauge, and progressively making it more challenging," by giving them more involved errands that require being away from their normal support network for longer. 

"You essentially want to see how emotionally balanced a child can be" when they're not with their family, Green said.

Ahead of a trip, he added, it's important to check in with the child to make sure they're feeling ready, too.

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"I would ask the child: How do you feel when you’re alone? What do you do if you need help? Who would you talk to if you’re upset? If you are upset, do you know how to reach your parent?" Green said.

Lis agreed that it's important for children traveling alone to memorize key contact info and know how to get in touch with someone who can help in an emergency. She also said some kids may just not be ready to travel by themselves.

"If a child is very anxious in general ... that's probably not the right child to send on a plane alone," she said. "If a child is adventurous and has that kind of spirit, they'll probably fare better."

In their experience, Wilson-Wright also said it's important for kids to be involved in planning and preparing for their own trip.

"Make sure you're packing your own carry-on," Wilson-Wright  said. "You want activities for your own plane ride. You want to choose what you want to do."

Will my kid act differently after taking a solo trip? 

Flying without a parent can definitely help a kid feel more independent, and that could have positive knock-on effects at home and on future family trips, too.

"It could be correlated with improved behavior within the family unit as well as in other social settings where we expect children to behave," Green said.

Lis added that giving kids more responsibility should be a natural next step after they have taken a trip by themselves.

"Leverage that: 'You did this by yourself; what else can you do by yourself?' " she said. "'You're a kid who flew on a plane alone, you can make your own snack.' "

Airline policies

Most airlines have similar rules for unaccompanied minors traveling. Here are the policies from the four largest carriers in the U.S.

► American Airlines unaccompanied minor policy

Kids as young as 5 can fly unaccompanied on American . The airline charges $150 each way for the service for solo kids or groups of siblings. Unaccompanied minors are entitled to priority boarding, kids-only lounges in the airline's hubs for those with connecting flights, a snack kit for travelers up to age 10 and escorts through the airport along with flight attendant supervision onboard.

Kids ages 15 to 17 are permitted to fly as standard passengers, but any unaccompanied traveler ages 5 to 14 is required to make use of the unaccompanied minor program. Those ages 5 to 7 are allowed to travel only on nonstop flights. 

► Delta Air Lines unaccompanied minor policy

Kids as young as 5 can fly unaccompanied on some  Delta  flights. The airline charges $150 each way for up to four children to use the service, which includes priority boarding, kids-only lounges in the airline's hubs for those with connecting flights and escorts through the airport along with flight attendant supervision onboard.

Kids ages 15 to 17 are permitted to fly as standard passengers on any Delta flight, but all unaccompanied traveler ages 5 to 14 are required to make use of the unaccompanied minor program. Those ages 5 to 7 are allowed to travel only on nonstop flights. 

► United Airlines unaccompanied minor policy

Kids as young as 5 can fly unaccompanied on United  flights. The airline charges $150 each way for one to two kids to use the service, $300 each way for three to four kids and $450 each way for up to six  kids. Unaccompanied minors on United must take nonstop flights and will be assigned a seat within 72 hours of booking. They are entitled to priority boarding and have a chance to meet the pilots before takeoff. Flight attendants check in with them during the flight as duties allow. 

Kids ages 15 to 17 are permitted to fly as standard passengers on any United flight, but all unaccompanied traveler ages 5 to 14 are required to make use of the unaccompanied minor program. 

► Southwest Airlines unaccompanied minor policy

Kids ages 5 to 11 can fly as unaccompanied minors on any direct  Southwest  flights (this includes both nonstop itineraries and those that do make a stop but don't require a change of planes). The airline charges $50 per child each way for its unaccompanied minor service, which entitles them to priority boarding and an escort and supervision on the plane. 

Children 4 years old and younger or 12 years old and older are not eligible unaccompanied minor service on Southwest.

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Air travel for unaccompanied children is possible, but there are various rules and regulations around it - meaning those aged under 18 can encounter issues with their journeys.

In Australia last month, 11-year-old Jack Garland was due to travel with his 13-year-old sister Scarlett from Sydney to the Gold Coast, when he was unexpectedly denied boarding and left at the airport .

The siblings had been scheduled to travel with their father, but last-minute work engagements prevented him from taking the trip.

The pair’s mother, Emma Garland, claims she checked beforehand with Qantas, through whom she’d booked the tickets, that the two could travel unaccompanied by an adult.

But she says that, once they had boarded the plane, Jack was removed with no explanation given to his sister.

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Jetstar clarified that it does not allow 11-year-olds to travel without a parent or guardian over 18.

“While we enjoy welcoming young passengers on board our flights , Jetstar does not offer an unaccompanied minor service and young passengers must meet certain requirements in order to travel independently with us, including being of secondary school age,” said a spokesperson.

“A secondary school passenger can travel independently but must be at least 15 years old to accompany a child under secondary school age.”

So are Jetstar in the right, and how do you know what the rules are when it comes to children boarding planes without an adult?

What are the rules around unaccompanied minors?

Each airline may set its own rules when it comes to allowing or not allowing unaccompanied minors, including the documentation parents must provide, how they book, and the flights children may take.

The minimum age a child must be to fly alone is five.

In general, airlines that offer an unaccompanied minor (UNMR) service insist that it is used for children between five and 11, while it’s an optional extra that parents can request for children aged 12 to 15. However, there are exceptions.

There are also some restrictions around flight length, timings and stopovers - so booking your child under 16 on a flight with a long layover during the night, for example, may not be possible.

Unaccompanied children are not normally allowed to take the last flight of the day, in case of any delays that might strand them overnight in a foreign airport.

Parents need to check with their individual airline for their rules and services around UNMRs.

Emirates, for example, offers an unaccompanied minors service for children aged between 5 and 11 flying without their parents; parents of 12-15 year olds can also request the service, which involves a specially supported check in, boarding the plane first and staff checking in on the child mid-flight.

Meanwhile, British Airways only allows children aged 14 and up to travel unaccompanied; it asks the parents of under-16s to contact them directly to arrange an unaccompanied minor journey (these cannot be booked on the airline’s website). They must also complete a parental/guardian consent form before travel.

On the other side of the pond, American Airlines specifies that children aged five to seven can only travel unaccompanied on nonstop flights; meanwhile, children from eight to 14 can transit through a select number of US airports.

As a rule of thumb, UNMR services are most often available on long-haul flights with larger carriers, and less often on budget and short-haul carriers.

For example, Ryanair does not allow unaccompanied flyers under 16, saying: “We cannot provide an escort or special facilities.”

On easyJet, children up to 15 cannot board a flight unless they are accompanied by an adult, which they define as 16 years or older. “EasyJet does not provide an escort service or special requirements for unaccompanied children,” says the carrier.

If you’re booking through a third party site such as Flight Centre, check to see if they have a dedicated phone number for UM bookings.

What should parents know about booking travel for an unaccompanied child?

Different countries require different documentation when it comes to children entering or transiting through their airports alone; check with the relevant country’s authorities to make sure an unaccompanied minor has everything they need before travel.

BA advises: “The Iata Travel Centre can advise you what documentation is required for entry to each country. Just make sure you use the date of birth of your child to ensure the extra requirements are displayed.”

It’s important to be organised and book this service early ‒ there’s usually a cap on the number of unaccompanied children, typically six, allowed on any given flight.

In terms of cost, unaccompanied minors are usually sold as adult air fares, sometimes with a fee for the UNMR service.

The solo child is often seated close to a crew bulkhead or galley area, close to a toilet and with empty seats beside them if available.

In most cases, airlines will demand information on and contacts for the “sender” and “receiver” - the adults who will accompany the child to the departure airport and pick them up from the arrival one. In most cases, cabin crew will not be able to hand over a child to anyone other than an official pick-up contact shared with the airline beforehand - even if they can prove they are a family member.

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Unaccompanied children: little passengers are a big priority.

Unaccompanied children need very special support. With Lufthansa, they are in the best hands: we look after their needs with great sensitivity—at the airport, during the flight and after landing.

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From what age are children allowed to travel alone?

Children aged between 5 and 11 may only fly unaccompanied if they are using our Lufthansa care service or if they are travelling with someone who is at least 12 years old. The Lufthansa care service can also be booked by parents for unaccompanied children from the age of 12 up to a maximum of 17 years. This ensures that the child receives support, especially in the event of a disruption to their flight, such as  a delay or cancellation. Every year 70,000 children travel using the Lufthansa care service. The Lufthansa care service ensures that the children and their relatives feel they are in good hands before take-off, during the flight and after landing. On arrival, the flight crew will hand your child over to a member of staff who will then take your child to meet the person who is collecting them. Please note that your child must be picked up immediately by the person collecting them at the destination airport. Please note that other airlines' regulations for unaccompanied children may be different from those described here for Lufthansa. If your chosen flight is operated by a carrier other than Lufthansa, please enquire directly with the respective airline about the rules for children travelling alone. This also applies to Lufthansa Group airlines:

Are additional fees charged for unaccompanied children?

Yes, for the Lufthansa care service for unaccompanied children, in addition to the price of the flight, a care service charge applies per route and per child (even in the case of siblings travelling together):

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Zone 5: Medium-haul intercontinental flights (incl. US East Coast, CA East Coast, IN, GQ, KE, TZ, AO, MV)

Zone 6: Long-haul intercontinental flights (incl. US West Coast, CA West Coast, South America, JP, CN, KR, TH, SG, ZA, SC)

Important travel documents and Lufthansa care service form

Please let us know that your child will be travelling alone as soon as you book the flight. To help you prepare for the journey, please use our practical checklist for unaccompanied children, in which we have listed all the important information for your child’s trip.

As well as the necessary documents (e.g. the Lufthansa care service form), the list also includes useful tips on booking, check-in, carry-on baggage, free baggage allowance and collection at the destination. At the airport you will be given the small yellow Lufthansa bag which your child should keep with them clearly visible during the entire journey. The bag holds all the necessary travel documents:

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  • the completed care service form 1

Save time: fill in and print out the care service form at home. We recommend you make three copies of the form: one for you, one to go in your child’s small yellow bag (which you will receive at the Lufthansa check-in desks) and one for us.

Tickets for unaccompanied children cannot be booked online, but only via the Lufthansa Service Center or at your travel agency. If you have any questions, please contact the Service Center.

Baggage for unaccompanied children

Your child’s carry-on baggage may be the same size as that which is permitted for an adult. However, your child should be able to carry the bag easily unaided. Any medicines to be taken during the flight or at the destination, warm clothing and a small amount of spending money should, of course, also be included. Find out more about this subject in our carry-on baggage regulations.

You can check your free baggage allowance in just a few steps with our baggage calculator – based on route, travel class and fare. There you will also find the prices and dimensions for optional baggage.

The best of care even before departure

The Lufthansa check-in counters are the first point of contact for you and your child as soon as you arrive at the airport. In Frankfurt you will now be entrusting your child to the service staff. Your child is therefore in the best hands from take-off to landing and will be looked after until the handover to the person collecting your child at the destination airport.

At other airports you may be required to accompany your child to the gate yourself. Please enquire about this at a Lufthansa check-in counter when you arrive at the airport.

Please note that the individual bringing the child to the airport and collecting the child from the destination airport must be at least 18 years of age. The individual who brings the child to the airport must be available at the airport and contactable by phone until the booked flight departs.

Dedicated check-in counters

At Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa provides dedicated check-in counters for children who will be travelling alone and their parents in departure hall B, counters 336-339. At Munich Airport, counter 417 in the departure hall on Level 4 serves the same purpose.

The best of care on board and after landing

Welcome on board.

Your child will be welcomed on board by our flight attendants and looked after throughout the flight. Your child will be seated close to the flight attendants so that they can be on hand immediately if your child has any questions or concerns. With toys, drawing equipment and a special children’s entertainment programme, the time on board will simply fly by.

Our special children’s menus , which have been prepared with care, are delicious and healthy. You can order these menus free of charge up to 24 hours before departure online at My bookings .

More information about children’s and special meals can be found in our FAQs.

We currently provide our care service for unaccompanied children on direct flights only. Connecting flights are not possible.

Welcome at the destination

At the destination airport, the flight crew will hand your child over to a member of staff who will then take them to meet the person collecting them.

Before entrusting your child to the person collecting them, Lufthansa will check by asking to see a valid ID that this is the person named on the Lufthansa care service form. Please let the person collecting your child know that he or she must produce a valid ID or passport. The person collecting your child must then take immediate responsibility for your child.

Even if flights are delayed, your child will be well looked after by us. In order to save the person collecting your child an unnecessary wait in the event of a flight delay, you can check the flight status at any time online and thus always keep up to date.

In Frankfurt you can collect your child after baggage claim in the Arrivals area of the respective flight; in Munich in front of the exit at baggage reclaim.

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  • When going to the Philippines, minors under the age of 15 who are not accompanied by at least one of their parents must have the necessary documents and fees according to the WEG (Waiver of Exclusion Ground) as required by the judicial authorities in the Philippines.
  • If these regulations are violated, please understand that the child may be restricted from entering the country.
  • If a minor under the age of 18 intends on traveling to Saipan alone(or with a guardian other than his/her parents), they must prepare the notarized English of parental consent form. Please contact the Embassy/Consulate of the United States for the required documents.
  • If these regulations are violated, please understand that the minor may be denied boarding or restricted from the entering the country.
  • Unaccompanied minor service is mandatory for children under 14 years of age when traveling alone to Vietnam without parents or guardians.
  • Minors with Mongolian nationality under the age of 18 cannot apply for UM and YPTA services when exiting Mongolia. (Minors under the age of 18 with a nationality other than Mongolian may apply for UM and YPTA services)
  • When minors with Mongolian nationality under the age of 18 exit Mongolia with a guardian other than their parents, they must bring a notarized parental consent (power of attorney). (Mongolian or English). Please note that parental consent (power of attorney) is mandatory, and you may not be allowed to exit the country if you bring a parental consent (power of attorney) that is not notarized.

Children travelling alone

If your child is about to embark on their first adventure without you, here’s everything you need to know to help make sure it goes smoothly. 

How old does a child have to be to fly alone?

We allow children aged 14 or older to travel alone with us on domestic or international British Airways flights. 

Children under 13 years old cannot travel alone with us. They must be accompanied by someone aged 16 or over on the same or a linked booking to travel with us. 

Our partner airline SUN-AIR of Scandinavia follow different guidelines. Please see below for more information.

What your child needs to travel alone

All children aged 14 or 15 travelling alone must carry with them:

  • A British Airways consent form (pdf, 124kb, English only), completed and signed by a parent/guardian. 
  • A copy of photographic identification of the parent/guardian who completed the form showing their signature, such as passport or driving licence. 
  • Any required travel documentation, such as valid passport(s), visas and proof of return travel. Check what they need for their destination .

These three documents must always remain in the child’s possession while travelling. 

We also advise your child carries with them:

  • Any required medication and/or health certificates.
  • Method of payment for any expenses.
  • A way to communicate with their parent or guardian, as well as the person they are meeting at their destination. Please ensure all phones and devices are fully charged, with sufficient credit and roaming activated.

Booking flights for children under the age of 16

A child aged 14 or 15 years old travelling alone will be booked to travel as an adult. To book their ticket, please get in touch via our Contact Us page as you’re unable to book this online. 

The young traveller will be making their own way through departure and arrival airports and boarding their flight(s) without assistance or a chaperone. We’re unable to accept parental responsibility for the young person. 

Our partner airlines may have different regulations, age limits and charges, so please check with them directly.

At the airport

You can accompany your young traveller up to the security gate. Anyone not flying with us is unable to go past this point. Airport colleagues will be able to tell you the latest time your child can stay with you before they need to go through security and onto their departure gate. 

We recommended that you wait until their flight takes off before leaving the terminal.

It can help to look at the airport terminal maps with your child before arriving at the airport so they’re familiar with their journey. Some airports do offer paid assistance to help customers to their boarding gate. Please visit the airport’s website for more information. 

Children travelling alone on SUN-AIR flights

SUN-AIR, our partner airline, allows young children between the ages of five and 11 years to travel without a parent or legal guardian provided you contact the airline in advance. Children over the age of 12 can travel unaccompanied on SUN-AIR operated flights, although young flyers between 12-16 years can use the SUN-AIR Unaccompanied Minor service on request.

You’ll need to book and pay for the SUN-AIR Unaccompanied Minor service in advance. You can’t book this service online, so please contact SUN-AIR for more information and to make your booking.

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Unaccompanied Minor

Unaccompanied minors aged 5 to 12 years may travel with EVA Air. To ensure the safety of children traveling alone, we request that parents/guardians inform us that they are booking a flight for an unaccompanied minor at the time they make reservations. Parents need to fill out a UM form, including local contacts at both departure and arrival pick-up points.

  • In Business Class on each flight, EVA Air will accept a maximum of only one unaccompanied minor between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age.
  • An unaccompanied minor is not allowed to use the VIP lounge facility at London/Amsterdam/San Francisco airport due to alcohol regulations. EVA will provide meal coupons to the unaccompanied minor.
  • If the itinerary includes a transfer/stopover that exceeds 4 hours, arrangements must be made in advance by a parent or guardian for an authorized person to meet/pick up the child upon arrival at the stopover/layover point and stay with the child until he/she can be checked back in to continue the trip.
  • An unaccompanied minor should hold a UM Applicable Fare ticket or pay the difference to make up the UM charge. For detailed information about the UM applicable fare ticket, please contact your EVA ticketing office or travel agent.
  • All children under the age of 12 will be considered unaccompanied minors, even if they are traveling with other young flyers under the age of 16.
  • If segments of the unaccompanied minor's trip involve other airlines, we recommend that you contact those airlines for their specific procedures.
  • Certain countries /regions have specific restrictions for children travelling as unaccompanied minors. Extra documentation varies depending on the country you are travelling to or from, so please check with the relevant government authorities to make sure you have prepared the required documents before you travel.

In addition, certain countries/regions also have special document regulations for passengers under the age of 18 who travel alone. Please pay attention and confirm with the relevant government authorities before you travel.

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Unaccompanied Minors and young flyers

Our Unaccompanied Minors service is for children aged between 5 and 11 who are flying alone. Our service also applies to children aged between 5 and 11 years old who are flying in a different cabin class to their parent or guardian. They will only be considered accompanied if they are travelling in the same cabin class with a passenger over 16 years old.

You can also make a special request for our Unaccompanied Minors service for solo travellers aged between 12 and 15 if you’d like us to be with them on their journey.

We’ll help your child to enjoy a fun and memorable trip from check-in through to meeting their parent or guardian at their destination.

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To fly alone, children between 5 and 11 years old must travel on an adult fare. Children travelling in a different cabin class from their parent or guardian will also be considered as unaccompanied minors and fly on adult fares.

Children over 12 can travel alone, and they fly on an adult fare. If you’d like to use our Unaccompanied Minors service for children aged 12 to 15, the fee is USD 50 for each leg of the journey.

How to book your child's solo flight

Unaccompanied minors lounge.

When you drop off your young flyer at Dubai International, you can take them straight to the Unaccompanied Minors Lounge near the check-in area. We’ll check them in there, before taking them to one of our departure lounges just for young solo adventurers. 

Our lounges have video games, free Wi-Fi, and comfy sofas. Kids can enjoy drinks and snacks while they wait for their flight, and there are children’s bathrooms in the lounges too. 

If your child has a connecting flight in Dubai, they’ll be taken to one of our Unaccompanied Minors Lounges to wait before being handed over to our cabin crew. We’ll also accompany them to eat if they’re with us during a meal time.

Terms and conditions

  • Young Passengers (YP) are children aged 5 to 15.
  • Our Unaccompanied Minors service for Young Passengers (YP) applies only to Emirates operated flights. The service must be arranged separately for the outward and return journey.
  • The maximum connection time allowed at the airport is 4 hours (when your child is connecting to another airline as part of their itinerary).
  • The maximum connection time allowed is 8 hours if your child is transferring to another Emirates flight at Dubai International (DXB). If the connection time is above 8 hours, this will be subject to approval from Emirates.
  • A Young Passenger cannot stay overnight at their connecting airport unless an adult guardian is arranged to meet and care for them at the transit point. This will be subject to approval.
  • Children who need special assistance or who need specific care must be accompanied by a fare-paying guardian who is 16 years old or over.
  • For safety and security, a legal parent or guardian will need to complete and sign a Declaration of Indemnity form before your child can fly with us. You'll find these forms at Emirates Airport Offices.
  • The Young Passenger’s parent or guardian must stay at the airport until the flight has departed. The parent or guardian escorting at departure or collecting the Young Passenger at the airport must provide proof of identification. We offer our Unaccompanied Minor service for Young Passengers only on Emirates flights and not with our partner airlines. Please contact the airline to find out about their services for children travelling alone.
  • The Young Passenger’s passport will be kept with the airline while the service is provided by the carrier.
  • It is the customer’s responsibility to check-in with Emirates for the service at the airport.
  • Per passenger, per sector.
  • Non-transferable.
  • Subject to refund conditions and limitations.
  • Young passengers flying from Japan to Dubai can use the Unaccompanied Minors service free of charge.
  • Changes to the Young Passenger paid services: Voluntary and involuntary changes to the originally booked service are allowed when the flight, date, or route is changed on the ticket.
  • The service is not provided by Emirates
  • We move you to a flight not operated by Emirates; or
  • You booked your flight via www.emirates.com/us/english including a flight sector to or from the USA at least 7 days before departure, and you cancel your flight within 24 hours of booking.
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  • As a parent or a designated guardian, all it takes is a simple request from you. No paperwork hassle is involved. 
  • All your confident traveller needs to do is head to any of the check-in counters and announce themself. We will take it up from there.

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We know your young traveller is all equipped to figure this out. But we will be trotting behind just to be sure.

  • We will guide them from the departure gate through all the airport formalities until they are comfortably seated in the aircraft.
  • Our skilled cabin crew are different from your ordinary flying attendants. They are experts in the latest trends and ready to engage in conversations while ensuring your child's comfort.
  • Our crew members will guide them to the arrival gate on arrival, ensuring they smoothly navigate through all the airport formalities.

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Minors travelling to the uk.

For young travellers under 18 years jetting off without you or a designated guardian, the UK Border Force requires a  consent form  signed by both parents.  Learn more  about the latest regulations. 

Minors travelling from the UK

If you are travelling with your young traveller below 18, you must follow a few rules, complete some formalities, and sign a  consent form  before you travel abroad. 

Before you travel

  • You need to request permission from everyone responsible for the child.
  • If you have yet to receive permission from everyone with parental responsibility for the child, you must seek court permission. Read more about the formalities and procedures. 

When you travel

  • Please fill out and bring the consent form with you. 
  • Carry a valid photo ID of both parents. 
  • You need to carry your child's birth certificate.

Alternatively, you can email the documents mentioned above to aitraffic.lhr@airindia.com .

Please ensure that this is done at least four hours before departure.

Minors travelling with guardians

Ensuring your child’s safety is our top priority. So, if you are the guardian or your little one is accompanied by a designated caretaker or relative, you must complete a few formalities before boarding the flight.

Required documents

Here is a list of the required documents that will need to be displayed at the time of boarding the flight:

  • A consent letter that both parents sign. If, sadly, one of the parents has passed away, please have a photocopy of the death certificate handy. 
  • We will need a photocopy of the relevant pages from both parents’ passports. 
  • Please remember to have both parents' original passports. They need to be presented to the supervisor at the check-in counter to confirm the authenticity of the signatures on the forms.  
  • If the child's last name differs from the parent's, you must display the young traveller's birth certificate. 
  • If your child is below 18 and is leaving the country, they may have to display additional documents. 

Here are a few things to remember

  • The parent’s signature should match both the passport and the consent forms. 
  • For any other queries or more information, please get in touch with your nearest consulate. 

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To facilitate the safe transportation of our younger passengers, Bangkok Airways provides the Unaccompanied Minor (UMNR) service for minors travelling alone without a guardian that are aged between 6 to under 12 years old (on an original departure date). Children aged between 12 to under 16 years old are not specifically required to use the unaccompanied service; however, we are happy to provide the service if requested.

Reservation and Ticketing

Please contact the Bangkok Airways reservation/call centre at least 24 hours prior to departure time and receive the confirmation of your application.There should be a SSR code UMNR confirmed on each passenger reservation. We ask that the following information is to be included in the PNR:

  • Passport details and date of birth (DOB) of child
  • Name, address and telephone number of the person escorting the child to the airport and their relationship to the child
  • Name, address and telephone number of the person collecting the child at their destination and their relationship to the child

Please note that an unaccompanied minor will be charged at the rate of Adult normal fare available ranging from booking class H to Y and reservation is required to contact our Call Center 1771 ( 66 2 270 6699 ) or Ticket office.

Service procedure at the airport

UNACCOMPANIED MINOR CHECK-IN REQUIREMENTS The following information is required at time of check-in:

  • Identification (e.g. drivers’ license) with address as shown in application.
  • Phone number – the number provided to the agent will be used for contact in case of any changes and as an emergency contact
  • Name of adult picking up at destination
  • Address as shown on identification
  • Phone number to contact

Procedures for the UMNR travel

  • You will have to fill out the UMNR form at the point of origin. This form (Download form) is available at the check-in counter.
  • You are kindly requested to stay with your child until boarding.
  • The child is escorted by our ground staff and handed over to the cabin crew.
  • Our cabin crew will look after your child during the flight.
  • At the destination, the ground staff will then escort the child and will hand over the child only to the person whose name is mentioned by you to pick him/her up at the airport.
  • If the onward connecting flight is on another airline, departing from the same terminal which can be easily accessed without exiting the terminal building, we will transfer the UMNR to the connecting carrier, provided that the connecting time is 4 hours or less.
  • The child will then be released and the adult will be given any documents such as passport, boarding cards, receipts, baggage claim, etc.

Notes : Upon departure and arrival, we request that each child has to be accompanied by an adult. If the designated adult fails to show up upon arrival, the children will be returned to the original departure city. The sending guardian is responsible for the extra travel costs. Please ensurethe designated guardian arrives at the airport prior to the arrival time of the plane that the child is on board.

Young Passengers (YP)

  • A child travelling alone between the ages of 12 to under 16 years is a young passenger.
  • Young passenger between the ages of 12 to under 16 years is allowed to travel without any further assistance..
  • There is no documentation required foryoung passenger age 12-16 years of age travelling alone who may require special assistance during the trip on PG service.
  • For those who need special assistance, young passenger has to be accompanied to the airport of departure by a parent or guardian who has to remains with child until embarkation.
  • Met upon arrival at the airport of destination by a parent or guardian.
  • If the YP requests special assistance, they cannot carry an infant or child.
  • If the YP does not request special assistance, they can carry an infant or child.

Please contact the Bangkok Airways reservation/call centre at least 24 hours prior to departure time and receive confirmation of your application.There should be SSR/OSI code CKIN-young passenger confirmed on each passenger reservation.

What are the requirements for a minor child to travel alone?

Infants, children and adolescents may travel alone or accompanied by a responsible adult, depending on their age.

  • Infants and children before turning 8 years old must always travel accompanied by a person over 18 years old.

Children will be placed at the back of the airplane, so our crew will have greater visibility and control of children.  They will be the first to board and the last to disembark .

  • Teenagers 12 years old until the day before turning 18 years old can travel alone upon presentation of the corresponding country's documentation, although they can also hire the service as an option.

Trips with other airlines:  The Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Service is available only for LATAM operated flights, and it cannot be booked on flights with code share and/or in connection with other airlines.

Please note that the minimum ages required for a minor to travel alone may differ from airline to airline. Therefore, we recommend that you check the full details and regulations before purchasing your travel ticket.

Pay special attention to minors between 12 and 16 years old, as they may be required to travel with a responsible adult on connection flights.

You can find more information in our Unaccompanied Minors section. Also, remember that minors may require permission from their parents or guardians.

We suggest consulting with the corresponding entity regarding the documents and authorizations required for traveling with minors alone or with one of their parents.

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‘I’ve made friends for life’: Rising number of travellers find going solo is the ticket to happiness

Holidays alone are getting easier. The number of single trips has risen from 6% in 2011 to 16% in 2023, according to latest figures from the Association of British Travel Agents

The idea of making proper friends with people you meet on holiday is so hilarious to British sensibilities that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat turned it into a West End comedy.

The Unfriend , starring Lee Mack and Sarah Alexander as a British couple who meet Elsa, an American woman travelling solo, is based on the premise that she takes their polite suggestion of a visit as a genuine invitation.

The play may be funny, but it seems that increasing numbers of people are on Elsa’s side. Solo travel is on the rise and the chance to make lifelong friendships is at the heart of it. The number of people going on holiday by themselves has risen from 6% in 2011 to 16% in 2023 according to the Association of British Travel Agents, which said people had a “strong appetite to go it alone”. Some operators have seen big increases – solo bookings accounted for 46% of Tourhub’s business last year.

Solo doesn’t always mean alone though. Lots of solo travellers join group tours, as Jen Burton did last year. “I didn’t know anyone at all and turned up at the airport completely terrified,” said Burton, 40, who opened the Bea and Aud Lifestyle clothes shop in Buckingham last year. “Now I’ve made friends for life.”

Jen Burton on her first solo trip, enjoying the sunset at Wadi Rum in Jordan.

She had recently split from her husband of 19 years, and had decided to join an Intrepid Travel trip to Jordan for 16 women organised by Claire and Laura Jopson, who run the travel blog Twin Perspectives .

“I walked up to some of the ladies in the check-in queue and straight away they kind of knew that I’d been having a really tough time,” she said. “The support you can get from a group of women you don’t even know is phenomenal.”

Burton, who was the oldest, added: “[I had] never laughed so hard in my whole life. But then in the next instance we’d have these amazing feminist chats.”

Since the Jordan trip, many of the women have stayed in touch and last week Burton was hosting an Australian friend she met while travelling. Norway is next. “This time I’ll share a room,” she said. “I felt like I was slightly missing out in my own room.”

Companies such as Just You and Flash Pack cater specifically for solo travellers, while others, including Newmarket Holidays, Riviera Travel and Jules Verne, offer solo-only or solo-friendly trips.

“Sixty per cent of our travellers are solo,” said Yves Marceau, vice president for products at G Adventures. He said the company went to great efforts to design tours that fostered friendships, making sure there was enough time for people to meet each other and mingle. Tour guides were trained to create a sense of camaraderie and to spot when people might not be getting on.

“A young man in his early 20s wrote to us about his trip,” Marceau said. “He was sharing a room with a guy who was 75. He said ‘my initial reaction was, Oh, my God, this is going to be a dreadful experience. But over the course of the first few days, I became so connected with this gentleman that we are still friends.’ Those [stories] are the reason we do this.”

G Adventures and some other firms, such as Hostelworld, have created their own apps with social elements, but smaller companies use other social media. Chris Bone, the founder of Adventure Solos, invites every tour member to a WhatsApp group when they book.

“It really breaks the ice,” Bone said. He runs adventure weekends and week-long expeditions around the UK, with activities including hiking, canoeing and climbing. “Often people might be travelling a long way, and they’ll car share or get the same train. And often people have been to events before.”

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Georgie Darling is currently travelling solo in Mexico.

It means that an hour into a hike, Bone’s guests are very relaxed. “What’s really nice is that all this stuff comes flooding out. People have often been through a recent life change. But no one knows anyone else and [there are] no preconceived ideas.”

Not that every group creates friendships. “There were a couple of guys who were persistently late every day,” said Carole Railton, a body language expert and author, of a trip to Morocco. “We had buses picking us up or trains to catch, and they would amble down. People were grumpy because they were taking time out of everyone’s holiday.”

Joyce Connor, a makeup artist, was one of only two solo travellers on a trip to Vietnam, and the other woman was much older. “I’m 60,” she said. “I basically ended up being her carer for two weeks. It wasn’t fun. She didn’t know how to use her phone or check in for her flight. And she didn’t want to eat alone, but she only wanted to go to places that had English food. In Vietnam.

“But on another trip I met a woman on day two and it turned out we have a mutual friend. Now the three of us go out together.”

Three women in a forest preparing for a ride on a zip wire

There are still plenty of solo travellers who avoid groups, and life has become easier for them. People used to look down on solo travellers, according to Georgie Darling, a freelance travel writer. “It was something people thought you did out of desperation. Now it’s become more of a ‘cool concept’.” Travel influencers on TikTok and Instagram, such as Janet Newenham, have shown that solo travel can be admirable, Darling said.

She stays in co-living spaces – hostels with private rooms and workplaces. “I look for expat groups in the city or town I’m at. So I’m in Mexico now, and this morning I’m going to a brunch for female entrepreneurs. Everyone is here with the intention of meeting new people – last night there was a taco bar crawl.

“I’ve just joined a WhatsApp group for women in London who are solo travelling. And already there’s been about 15 different trips arranged, with people saying ‘I’m going to be in Copenhagen this weekend’. These things are easy to find now.”

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    With young flyers traveling alone on Delta Air Lines, the safety and comfort of the unaccompanied minors are of utmost importance. Delta has a dedicated program to assist young passengers traveling without an adult, ensuring peace of mind for both the children and their guardians.

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    Kids as young as 5 can fly unaccompanied on American. The airline charges $150 each way for the service for solo kids or groups of siblings. Unaccompanied minors are entitled to priority boarding ...

  8. Can children travel by themselves on flights?

    The minimum age a child must be to fly alone is five. In general, airlines that offer an unaccompanied minor (UNMR) service insist that it is used for children between five and 11, while it's an...

  9. Unaccompanied children

    From what age are children allowed to travel alone? Children aged between 5 and 11 may only fly unaccompanied if they are using our Lufthansa care service or if they are travelling with someone who is at least 12 years old.

  10. Unaccompanied minors travelling without parents

    Children travelling alone need to be able to: eat and drink without assistance, where we can assist with opening packaging where necessary, attend the toilet independently, and administer their own prescribed medication - see travelling with medication below for more information.

  11. Unaccompanied Youth (YPTA)│ASIANA AIRLINES

    Young Passenger Traveling Alone (YPTA) Eligibility. International flights: Between 12-16 years old *Service only available for international flights. How to Use. From the Departure City: The staff in charge will accompany the child from the check-in counter until aircraft boarding.

  12. Children travelling alone

    How old does a child have to be to fly alone? We allow children aged 14 or older to travel alone with us on domestic or international British Airways flights. Children under 13 years old cannot travel alone with us. They must be accompanied by someone aged 16 or over on the same or a linked booking to travel with us.

  13. Children Travelling Alone

    Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a passenger age 16 or older when travelling. The accompanying adult must occupy a seat in the same cabin and be seated adjacent to the young child. 8 to 11 years (inclusively) Mandatory. The Unaccompanied Minor service is mandatory for children aged 8 to 11 who are travelling alone. 12 to 17 years ...

  14. Guidelines for Unaccompanied Minors travelling onboard| Air India

    Children between the ages of 5 and 12 travelling alone, domestically or internationally with us, are considered as unaccompanied minors. We adore our youngest travellers. However, to prioritise their safety and comfort, we do not extend our unaccompanied minor services to children under 5 years.

  15. Unaccompanied Minors

    Children under 12 years of age can only travel with us if accompanied by an adult aged 16 years or older, who will take responsibility for the child. Connecting flights All passengers aged 2-15 years must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over for connecting flights.

  16. Young passengers travelling alone

    Passengers aged 12 years or above may travel alone (subject to meeting our Independent Traveller Requirements). For any international flights operated by Jetstar Japan (GK) passengers below the age of 12 will not be eligible to travel unless they are accompanied by an appropriate accompanying passenger who is 15 years or older.

  17. Unaccompanied Minors

    Philippine Airlines offer Unaccompanied Minors (UM) and Young Passengers Traveling Alone (YPTA) services for children traveling without their parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years old. Age and Flight Restrictions for children traveling alone: Unaccompanied Minor Service Fee (UMSF)

  18. Flight Information- Unaccompanied Minors

    Extra documentation varies depending on the country you are travelling to or from, so please check with the relevant government authorities to make sure you have prepared the required documents before you travel. In addition, certain countries/regions also have special document regulations for passengers under the age of 18 who travel alone.

  19. Unaccompanied minors

    To fly alone, children between 5 and 11 years old must travel on an adult fare. Children travelling in a different cabin class from their parent or guardian will also be considered as unaccompanied minors and fly on adult fares. Children over 12 can travel alone, and they fly on an adult fare.

  20. airasia Flights: Are children allowed to travel alone?

    Children between the age of 12 to below 16 years old on the day of departure are considered as Young Passengers Travelling Alone (YPTA). Please note that: A YPTA is not considered as an adult and cannot accompany children below 12 years old. Guests below 18 years old

  21. Guidelines for young passengers travelling onboard| Air India

    Children between the age of 12 and 18 years travelling alone, domestically or internationally with us, are considered as young passengers. Our services How do I make use of the service? As a parent or a designated guardian, all it takes is a simple request from you. No paperwork hassle is involved.

  22. Children Traveling Alone

    To facilitate the safe transportation of our younger passengers, Bangkok Airways provides the Unaccompanied Minor (UMNR) service for minors travelling alone without a guardian that are aged between 6 to under 12 years old (on an original departure date).

  23. Travel requirements for minors only

    Infants, children and adolescents may travel alone or accompanied by a responsible adult, depending on their age. Infants and children before turning 8 years old must always travel accompanied by a person over 18 years old.; Children 8 years old until the day before turning 12 years old must travel accompanied by a person over 18 years old or an independent adolescent (if traveling with a parent).

  24. Infants Children

    Children travelling alone and between the ages of 5 to 12 years are categorised as unaccompanied minors (UM). Young Passenger Travelling Alone (YPTA) Independent young travellers aged between 13 and 16 years travel with our airline as young passengers travelling alone (YPTA).

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    Holidays alone are getting easier. The number of single trips has risen from 6% in 2011 to 16% in 2023, according to latest figures from the Association of British Travel Agents