(Closed) Can a minor fly within the United States with out a parent or guardian?

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

No, kids fly solo all the time and I traveled a TON with people other than my “parents.” 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Nope, she needs government issued ID (driver’s license) and the airline needs to be notified but other than that she doesn’t.  I flew alone to an aunt’s house with a layover when I was 16.  And it was post 9/11.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is not true.  A minor age 13+ can fly alone in the US.  If you choose, you can have them travel as an Unaccompanied Minor for a fee, but that is only required for a child aged 6-12.  Children under 6 cannot travel alone.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

PP mentioned that she need a gov’t issued ID.  Not true if she is under 18 – a photo ID from school is fine within the states.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

The pps are right, she is legally allowed to fly alone or with anyone else at all, even though she’s a minor.  The only thing is that her guardian has to approve it.  If you took her somewhere without her guardian’s approval and against the guardian’s wishes, you both could get in trouble (think: kidnapping) but as long as the guardian knows and approves, he/she doesn’t have to be on the flight.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Try facebooking the niece and asking her directly.  That way you can explain about the flight situation to her directly, rather than having to have everything go through her aunt and possibly be distorted…

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One word of caution – just make sure that the specific guardianship stipulations don’t require an adult/the guardian’s permission for the minor to fly out of state. I know some divorce decrees require parental consent before the minor can travel out of state – before you buy tickets or whatnot, just make sure that that is not the case, in your situation.

Good luck!!!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I flew by myself at least 5 times as a minor, starting when I was like 11 or 12. I’m not sure what went on behind the scenes as far as notifying the airline, but it was never a problem.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

If you want proof for her (if that will make her be more reasonable), you can go to any of the major airline’s websites and they usually have all this info spelled out somewhere. 

I agree with what everyone else has sad.  I was flying solo from age 6 on up, 2 or 3 times a year.  In fact I spent WAY more time in airplanes from age 6 to age 17 than I ever have as an adult!  I flew to see my dad and my grandmother every summer and Christmas.   My own kids fly unaccompanied all the time too, to see their father 3x a year.  Well, my eldest is now 18 but they’ve been doing it since he was 10 and the youngest was 5.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

As the PP said, she will have no problem flying by herself. I probably flew 15-20 times by myself as a minor and never had a problem.

Something I didn’t see anyone else mention: Because she is a minor (post 9/11), she is allowed to have someone walk her to the gate/pick her up from the gate. I know you have to get a special pass from the airline in order to get through security but it isn’t difficult (my mom did it for my cousin a few times). Her Aunt could go through security with her and wait at the gate until the plane took off. On your side of things you can go through security and wait at the gate until her plane arrives.

Just some info I thought you would like to know 🙂

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I flew alone starting when I was 10 or some ridiculous age.  They really don’t care.

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