Dawn asked in TravelAir Travel · 3 weeks ago

How easy is it for Kids flying from USA to England alone? ?

The kids are 16 14 and 10

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  • 2 weeks ago

    In a comment someone says there will be adults at the airports for both ends of the trip. That has to be true. 

    The issue is what age the airline requires for the older passenger to be able to "supervise" a passenger who would otherwise need to be enrolled in the airline's Unaccompanied Minor program.  For example, if the airline lets a passenger age 16 to supervise then you are OK.  If they require age 18 then you will have to enroll the younger passengers in the UM program.   If you have not yet purchased the tickets and the 16 y/o is sufficiently responsible then choose an airline which lets the 16 y/o supervise. 

    Delta is typical:

    https://www.delta.com/us/en/children-infant-travel...

  • 3 weeks ago

    All they have to do is sit in their seats for a few hours, have a couple of Cokes and eat a meal or so.

    Oh you mean how easy is it for them to get on the plane in the first place? Again, it's very easy for the kids. They don't do anything.

    Their parents or guardians do all the work: booking and buying the tickets, providing written permission for them to leave the country, making sure they have valid passports, arranging for a named person to meet them when they land, and on the day of travel actually taking them to the airport to check them in and (if such arrangements have been made)  to hand them over to airline staff.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Children 12-15 years old: May travel unaccompanied, however, an adult must sign the Form of Indemnity the day of flight departure at the airport check-in desk. Children without this completed form will not be allowed to fly. Children under the age of 12: Must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older.

  • AJ
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    3 weeks ago

    It depends on the airline. Each is slightly different. For example, one airline may say it it has to be a nonstop flight for international travel. Another may say it can have 1 stop prior to the international leg.

    They will also need to have an authorized adult meet them when they arrive in the US.

    • Rona Lachat
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      3 weeks agoReport

      An ADULT is at both ends of the flight in BOTH directions.

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  • John
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    3 weeks ago

    They need notarized permission from both parents to leave the country, which is to avoid runaways and kidnapping and such.  And there is a thing called "unaccompanied minors" as has been said, which means they get certain attention. Otherwise it's just a long boring flight for them.

  • 3 weeks ago

    It shouldn't be a problem. I remember being in England when some kids whose parents were in another country, but the kids were living with relatives in the US and were trying to get to their parents homes for Christmas. They were flying standby (the parents worked for an airline) and when they couldn't get on a flight, they'd check themselves into a hotel, and go back the next day to try again. I've traveled with an 8 year old, and she was quite capable of handling her own suitcase. These children should be fine. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    Quite easy. As long as arrangements are made to meet and greet them upon arrival in Heathro, they'll be fine. The flight attendants will dote on them; they'll have lots of fun. You'll need to provide appropriate IDs for them; I'm not sure how that works when not flying with parents.

    My son flew solo from Florida to Ohio when he has ten yo. He had a great time. He was met in Toledo airport by his grandma.

    • Rona Lachat
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      2 weeks agoReport

      The passport of the Child's CITIZENSHIP BABIES a few days old may have their own passport.
      ADULT must be there  for boarding purposes and to greet on Arrival. The ADULTS do not require a Passport. BOTH Parents must approve of the trip. Their is alternate procedures for Single parent situations.

  • Pearl
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    3 weeks ago

    hopefully it'll be easy for the 16yr old and he can help the other kids

  • 3 weeks ago

    I think a lot of that comes down to the children. If they are mature and not afraid of flying alone on an international flight then there shouldn't be any problems. You can request to have them seat near the front where the flight attendants can keep a better eye on them.

  • 3 weeks ago

    It's a lot easier if they get on a plane with a pilot and other passengers.  Their arms won't get so tired.

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