According to Chapter VIII of the Federal Aviation Regulations No. 82 of 2007, children under the age of two, as well as children with disabilities under the age of 12, can fly on airplanes only when accompanied by adults (parents, guardians, etc.).
Children who have reached the age of 12 are allowed to fly independently. They can also independently transfer to another flight, according to a popular flight search service.
Meanwhile, children between the ages of 2 and 12 can also fly without parents. But under special conditions.
How can children from 2 to 12 years old fly without parents?
Children between the ages of two and twelve can fly unaccompanied by an adult under the supervision of an airline employee. This is possible if such transportation is provided for by the airline’s rules. For these cases, there is a special service “Organization of transportation of an unaccompanied child under the supervision of a carrier”. Parents (adoptive parents, guardians or guardians) must, in accordance with the airline’s rules, submit a written application for the carriage of an unaccompanied child under supervision.
However, some carriers do not provide an escort service and do not allow children under 12 years of age to board without an adult. Some, however, raise the age limit: they are ready to transport children only over five years old.
Also, airlines may refuse to provide an escort service for a child under 12 years old if the flight involves a connection. Some carriers only allow a child to travel on a multiple flight if they operate both flights and it is a transfer from international to international or from domestic to domestic flights.
How to buy a ticket for a child who flies without parents?
As a rule, it is not possible to buy a separate ticket for a minor online. It is necessary to contact the sales office of the airline or the airline counter at the airport. Some carriers can book tickets for a child by phone. In any case, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the information on the airline’s website or call the hotline.
Some airlines offer discounts on tickets for children under 12, but only if they are traveling with adults. If the child flies without a parent, there will be no discounts, and more often than not, you will also have to pay extra for the escort service.
Airlines may provide discounts for children over 12 years old, some have a special rate for teenagers. If a teenager is already a student, he or she may be eligible for a student discount. To book such tickets, you must also contact the airline’s office or its counter at the airport.
What documents are required for a child to fly on their own?
To fly a child without parents, you will need a birth certificate or passport, a document confirming the change of the parent’s surname (if he changed his surname after a divorce or after a new marriage), an application form and a declaration of responsibility.
The declaration is filled in by parents when buying a ticket or at the airport at the check-in counter. It contains the phone numbers of parents and an adult who will meet the child upon arrival.
If a child travels abroad, you will also need a passport, a visa (when flying to a visa country), notarized permission from both parents and the consent of the guardianship authorities (if the child leaves the country for more than three months).