Sending a child on an airplane

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It’s Monday, and I have a lot of things I would like to do. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to get through today, but I’m grateful to say that I am getting an earlier start.

Today let’s do something a little different and look at the things you should do when your child is going on a plane trip by themselves.. To start with, you need to know that you are not allowed to send anyone under the age of five on an airplane by himself. But to me, that seems a little ridiculous to say because who would really send anyone under five by themselves anyway? If your child is under the age of seven, you are going to need to book them on a non-stop flight, and you will need to tell them upfront that this is going to be an unaccompanied minor. You will also have to pay some extra fees for sending your child by himself. From eight on up, minors can pretty much be on any flight you choose. And you, or your friendly travel agent, will have to ask at what age the airline stops charging fees.

When booking a flight for a child, you will want to try to keep their itinerary as simple as possible. And it is also best to book their flights as early in the day as possible, because early flights are less likely to get cancelled. You will not be able to purchase your minor’s ticket online. And of course, it is wisest to purchase a paperless ticket, so that nothing will be lost.

Before their flight, you will want to go over “stranger danger” principles. You will also want to slip them a little cash to make sure they can pay for snacks and other incidentals.. Let me know whether you would like my help arranging an airplane trip for your child.

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