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Just thinking out loud 13,15 &17 years olds fly alone - no stop over ?

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Newbrummie Thu 22-Dec-16 10:35:29

Literally put on the plane in uk, picked up at the other end ?

FeckinCrutches Thu 22-Dec-16 10:38:23

What's the problem?

EllyOlly Thu 22-Dec-16 10:40:13

Me and DS & DB flew longhaul younger. Go for it.

HerodZackHunt Thu 22-Dec-16 10:40:32

Presumably the 17 year old can be relied upon to watch for gate calls and hold passports?
If so then no problem.

NannyR Thu 22-Dec-16 10:40:35

I can't see any problem with that at all.

Foldedtshirt Thu 22-Dec-16 10:42:11

No problem at all

Pestilence13610 Thu 22-Dec-16 10:43:03

Should be no problem. You will need to sign forms for the youngest.
They will be well looked after. Mine have been doing it since the youngest was 8, DS2 and DD even got upgraded once. confused We have half the contents of the first class cabin to prove it. Who in their right mind would upgrade an 11 and 14 yo

lozzylizzy Thu 22-Dec-16 10:43:12

My kids are only small so I can't answer with mine but I reckon my eldest would be perfectly competent in travelling whilst watching out for the younger ones. Once they are on the plane they can't really get lost.

I would have a word with them to make sure they know its important that they all stick together.

PavlovianLunge Thu 22-Dec-16 10:44:41

It depends on the 13, 15 and 17 year olds, but I think most would be totally fine. (But if one has form for mislaying things, let one of the others be in charge of passports.)

trinity0097 Thu 22-Dec-16 10:48:34

I first flew solo aged 4 - (with assistance at that age) - it's not that tricky once a teenager as long as they have been through an airport before.

InTheDessert Thu 22-Dec-16 10:50:06

You need to check the specific airline. They all have different ages for what they class as a minor.
I assume the kids have flown fairly frequently before? If they are fairly sensible, I can't see a problem. But I have a 7 year old who could probably navigate an airport as well as an adult who has only flown a handful of times. He would loose the passport or boarding card tho!!

Newbrummie Thu 22-Dec-16 10:50:51

15 year old will have the passports, she's like a 50 year old woman 😉

Newbrummie Thu 22-Dec-16 10:51:29

They've flown a fair bit, never alone though

sirfredfredgeorge Thu 22-Dec-16 11:25:35

To where? Some countries have significant rules about documentation required for under 18's

Airlines are also doing less and less to support unaccompanied young children - so the stories of travelling alone at 4, 8 etc. or getting upgraded (it's for staff levels!) are now much less likely. BA don't accept under 12's for example.

But anyway, no there's no reason not for them if they want to do it!

TeenAndTween Thu 22-Dec-16 11:28:35

No problem provided have flown before and airline permit it.

KatieB55 Thu 22-Dec-16 11:39:14

Yes, check with the airline, as I previously had problem with an airline when DCs were 17, 15 and 13. I flew by myself from age 11, as parents lived abroad and I was at boarding school - it was great fun and before the days of mobile phones, so had to sort out missed connections etc by myself.

Newbrummie Thu 22-Dec-16 11:46:03

It's to the USA

Newbrummie Thu 22-Dec-16 11:46:29

Sending them to my sister basically

PatriciaHolm Thu 22-Dec-16 11:50:57

Should be absolutely fine.

Newtssuitcase Thu 22-Dec-16 11:52:06

My DN flies back and forth from the US alone. He is 12. the cabin crew keep an eye on him

hellsbellsmelons Thu 22-Dec-16 11:55:12

As there is no adult there are you booking them on as 'Unaccompanied minors'?
Not sure all airlines state kids under 18 have to travel with an adult, but some do, so check it out.
My DD's dad moved abroad when she was 11, she's travelled alone a lot.
It's fine and dandy.
The cabin crew give them extra special attention!

Newbrummie Thu 22-Dec-16 12:03:05

Yes I think that's the plan, i wasn't just going to park them on the plane

sirfredfredgeorge Thu 22-Dec-16 12:04:49

hellsbellsmelons I don't know of any airlines that won't consider the 17yr old, old enough to be the person accompanying the other two, but yes worth checking.

BadToTheBone Thu 22-Dec-16 12:10:24

No problem, most airlines have a great service abc at those ages it'll be a doddle.

hellsbellsmelons Thu 22-Dec-16 12:41:42

I think it's mainly the low cost ones so they get more money!!!
Although just checked dire-air and it's 16 so think OP's DC will be fine travelling with a 17 YO.

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