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Travel Planning for Children After September 11th

AIRLINE POLICIES FOR UNACCOMPANIED MINORS TRAVEL

 

 

 

The rules change.  Now we can carry a pocket knife.  But we generally need al kind of paperwork for a child to travel.  The following are some of the rules.  Always check with the airline for updates.

 

AMERICAN

Domestic and International (1-800-443-7300)

www.aa.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 8 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - N/A

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight - 8

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $60 direct/ $75 connect.  Int'l: $60 N/S $90 for segments

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - No Fee

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in at least 1 hour early (Domestic); Check- in at least 2 hours early (International)

 

BRITISH AIRWAYS

International (1-800-247-9297)

www.britishairways.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 6 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - Required for ages 5 to 11

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -12

Fees for Escort Service Each way - No fee

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - No Fee

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Skyflyer's Club for regularly traveling child; permanently records information; travel documents of child held by flight attendants

 

CONTINENTAL

Domestic and International (1-800-231-0856)

www.continental.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 8 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - Required for ages 5 to 14 Domestic; 5 to 11 International

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight - 15 Domestic; 12 International 

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $60.00 each way Domestic; No Fee International

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $75.00; no fee if e-ticket

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 2 hours early Domestic; 2 hours early International

 

DELTA Domestic

(1-800-221-1212)

www.delta.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - Not permitted

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - N/A

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -12

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $40 each way for direct

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $100.00; no fee if e-ticket

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 2 hours early; child has envelope with personal information

 

DELTA International

(1-800-221-1212)

www.delta.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - Not permitted

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - N/A

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -12

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $90 each way for direct

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $100.00

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 2 hours early; Child wears ID tag

 

KLM (Royal Dutch)

International (1-800-374-7747)

www.NWA.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 to 14 with adult fare; must purchase ticket with adult escort

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 5 to 14 with adult fare; must purchase ticket with adult escort

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - Required for ages 5 to 14

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -15

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $40.00 Direct; $75.00 Connecting 

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $75.00

ID Required for Pick-Up - Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 2 hours early; escort helps child through gates and customs

 

LUFTHANSA

International (1-800-645-3880)

www.lufthansa.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 5 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - Required for ages 5 to 10

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -11

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $22.00 each way

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $45.00

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 2 hours early; child wears ID tag & has envelope with personal information; child seated in special section of the plane so attendants can see them

 

NORTHWEST Domestic

(1-800-225-2525)

www.NWA.com

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 5 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - Required for ages 5 to 14

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -15

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $40.00 Direct; $75.00 Connecting 

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - No Fee

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 90 minutes early; Child can not be on the last flight of the day

 

NORTHWEST International

(1-800-447-4747)

www.NWA.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 5 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - Required for ages 5 to 14

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -15

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $60.00 Direct; $90.00 Connecting 

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $75.00

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 2 hours early; escort helps child through gates and customs  

 

SOUTHWEST

Domestic (1-800-435-9792)

http://www.southwest.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 12 with adult fare

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - No service available

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -12

Fees for Escort Service Each way - N/A 

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $25.00

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Flight Attendant escorts child and stays with them until pick-up by guardian

 

UNITED

Domestic and International (1-800-241-6522)

www.united.com

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 5 with adult fare

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - Not Permitted

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - N/A

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -12

Fees for Escort Service Each way - $30.00 each way 

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - $60.00 Domestic; $75.00 International

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance - Name, address, phone number of drop-off and pick-up person 

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Check-in 1 hour early (Domestic); Check-in 2 hours early (International); Child can not fly on last flight of day

 

GREYHOUND BUS LINES

(1-800-231-2222)

 

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Direct Flight - 8 to 11 with adult fare (12 is an adult)

Youngest Age for Unaccomp. Minor on Connecting Flight - 12 switches buses; 8 to 11 just making stops

Escort Provided by Carrier for Connecting Flight - No service available

Youngest Age for Unescorted Connecting Flight -12

Fees for Escort Service Each way - N/A 

Pre-pay charge to Receive ticket at Airport - No fee

ID Required for Pick-Up -  Photo ID Required

Information Airline will Require in Advance -  

Miscellaneous Specific Information - Unaccompanied child must depart from and arrive at destinations with Agency office open; Child can not ride at night; Trip can not exceed 5 hours; Legal guardian must sign liability release and consent form

 

1. CONTENTS

 

Travel Policies for Unaccompanied Minors

 

Top Safety Tips for Children Traveling Alone

 

List of Things Child Should Not Bring on Board

 

Dressing For Air Travel

 

Southwest Airlines - Tips for Children Traveling Alone

 

Southwest Airlines - Updated Travel Information

 

Press Release & Article on New Policy on Passport Application for Minors

 

Travel Affidavit

 

Changes since September 11th

 

A. Airlines

 

1. Total time needed to travel

 

2. Availability of flights

 

3. Major airlines no longer permit unaccompanied minors when connecting flight required.

 

4. Baggage

 

5. Gun Toting / Full Military Dress People Everywhere

 

6. Security Procedures (Constant need for ID)(Gate Policies)

 

B. Family Courts

 

1. Informal Survey - no real changes. No policy changes. Everything still "case-by-case."

 

2. Possible Impact (Food for Thought and Discussion)

 

A. Will Courts be more inclined to decrease "distant" parent's periods of possession?

 

B. Will Social Workers / Mental Health Professionals be more inclined to recommend a decrease in "distant" parent's periods of possession?

 

C. Are residency restrictions more likely to occur than before September 11th

 

D. Are residency restrictions less likely to be lifted on a modification?

 

E. Consideration of different transportation / visitation methods?

 

- Auto / Bus / Train

 

- Parents meet half-way

 

- Parent comes to child's city of residence (at least sometimes)

 

- Child is always accompanied by an adult

 

F. More Detailed Decrees / Orders

 

Resources

 

http://airsafe.com/

 

http://cas.faa.gov/

 

www.southwest.com

 

http://travel.state.gov/travel_ warnings

 

DFW Airport: www.dfwairport.com or call 972.574.8888

 

Love Field: 214.670.6156

 

Statewide Interstate Travel Hotline: 1.800.452.9292

 

Statewide Road Conditions: www.dot.state.tx.us (Click on "road conditions")

 

Local Road Closures: 214.374.4100

 

www.greyhound.com or 1.800.231.2222

 

www.amtrak.com or 1.800.872.7245

 

http://travel.state.gov/passport assistance

 

Passport Services

 

CA/PPPT/PAS

1111-19th St., N.W., Suite 260

Washington, D.C. 20524

202.955.0231

202.955.0230 (fax) 

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