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    Hey all, some of you who know me know that I'm going through a divorce. I'm a long-distance father (3000+ miles) so it will involve flying my son to see me during the summers. I wanted folks opinions on something (I have my own notion but I'm unsure and just want to hear opinions here)...

    At what age do you think a cross-country flight would be appropriate for a child to take without being accompanied by an adult?

    He'll be five soon now.

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    Maturity would be the biggest factor IM0. 5 years old no sorry. Call the air lines to see what the requirements are then you will know for the future.

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    Yea, I didn't mean to imply he would be flying alone at 5. I was thinking 13 or 14 but didn't know what others thought.

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    It's going to depend on the individual more than anything else, and you'd have to be the judge of when he's ready based on your own observations. I've known some people who I'd have trusted to fly the plane at 14, and other people I wouldn't trust be able to walk to the corner store themselves at 24.

    That said, I think airlines set the age for unaccompanied minors at 12.

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    I'm sure if you did it with him a few times first and make sure that somebody was there to see him onto the plane and off it and some companies offer an escort onto and off the plane they will also inform the crew to keep an eye on him


    this might help you it has all the general rules airports will reinforce
    http://www.airsafe.com/kidsafe/kidrules.htm

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    Firstly I am very sorry to hear about your divorce and the fact you have to fly some 3,000 miles to see your Estranged son I have flown many times by myself the last time was almost 2 years ago and can tell you that the leagal age of someone travelling as a adult by him/herself is between the age of 13-14 well thats the start anyway although some airlines prefer the person to be over 16-17 years of age.

    Although I have no idea about the US as I was under age the last time I was there in 1995-1996 as I was just shy of 16-17 years old I think the safe bet I to be over 17-18 in age.

    However you can request meet and assist in terms of asking the airline to provide a escort from the check in desk to the airplane and so forth I have done this myself many times the limit on the age is 20-30 years old although its probably better to check with the airlines as to what there rules are because I am no expert and could be wrong.

    I know some airlines have customer care assistants who do a simillar job for people who don't know the airport lay out although you will have to ask about it before booking your sons tickets.

    Yours sincerely
    Chinababy888

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    I think it really depends on your son. I'm not sure what the official right age for flying alone is, but I first flew across the country by myself when I was 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MolicareMan View Post
    Hey all, some of you who know me know that I'm going through a divorce. I'm a long-distance father (3000+ miles) so it will involve flying my son to see me during the summers. I wanted folks opinions on something (I have my own notion but I'm unsure and just want to hear opinions here)...

    At what age do you think a cross-country flight would be appropriate for a child to take without being accompanied by an adult?

    He'll be five soon now.
    By age 14 I think would be okay. I know of some people who would fly to pick their children up and fly them back which could be an option if you have a couple of days free and enough money. But, as long as the flight has no stopover, the child would be dropped at the gate by their mother and met at the next gate by you. Not very easy to get lost in between plus the airline will make sure they are looked after.

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    Many airlines offers assistant to little kids to fly alone without adults. In many airlines it includes also to the ticket price, practically it means that the kid gets little bag around neck where is his/her passport and ticket. They take kids who are flying alone inside the plane first (and deal with the passport and ticket) and someone of the staff is keeping eye on the kid during the flight and goes to check if everything is okay time at the time. But its really personal who is ready to travel alone, some kids are more confident and some are not. My niece is really shy and have little scared of different kind of toilets (luckily it have been better now but before she was really really scared to use the toilet if the toilet seat was different color, water blue, wrong shape seat or too much or not enought water etc.), i wouldnt even think her being able to fly alone even 1 hour flight. She is already 8. But i also know 2 kids who have been flying alone to see their dad when the older one was about 6 and younger one couple years younger. But the flight was only one hour long and they have been flying it years with their parents. I personally think it might be bit too long flight to fly alone for 5 years old, but you know your kid better than anyone of us.

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    I assume that your son will be traveling in the USA, so I have found information from American Airlines on their unaccompanied minor service which I'll link below. I'm sure that other US carriers offer the same type of unaccompanied minor services too, but the AA link I have here will give you an idea.

    https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/...ied-minors.jsp

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