Whether you’re flying to visit family or to tour the college of your dreams, it’s natural to worry that you’ll be unable to purchase a plane ticket if you’re under the age of 18. Fortunately, no federal age requirement exists for purchasing airfare — though regulations vary from one airline to another.Mar 13, 2018
Most major airlines allow children under the age of 2 to fly free as lap children, resting on an adult’s lap for the duration of the flight. But you’ll typically be charged full fare for a child who is 2 years old and up. Luckily, some airlines occasionally offer kids fly free promotions.Jan 22, 2020
Identification Driver’s licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent) U.S. passport. U.S. passport card. DHS trusted traveler cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST) U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents. Permanent resident card.
When flying within the U.S., or traveling internationally by land or sea, a child’s birth certificate will suffice most of the time. A notarized letter of consent will be required for children who travel without one or both of their parents or legal guardians.
Minimum age for flying alone: 12 years old. Children between 12-15 years old can travel unaccompanied. However, an adult must sign the Form of Indemnity the day of flight departure at the airport check-in desk. If the form is not completed, the child will not be able to fly.Nov 27, 2019
2. Get through the security screening Remove jackets, belts and all metal items. Empty your pockets. Make sure your drinking water bottle is empty or it may be confiscated. Put everything, including documents, into your bag. Place your LAG* bag and laptop in a separate tray. Proceed through the metal detector. Nov 15, 2019
Children ages five through 11 traveling without an accompanying Passenger age 12 or older must travel as Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) on Southwest Airlines. Only children with sufficient maturity to travel with limited adult supervision may travel as an Unaccompanied Minor on Southwest Airlines.
For 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds, unaccompanied minor service is usually optional. For international flights, all unaccompanied minors should be prepared to provide a signed letter of consent from their parent or guardian. And remember: Age requirements refer to your child’s age on the travel date, not upon booking.Sep 10, 2020
There are no federal regulations, so the airlines set their own rules for minors flying alone. Most limit the youngest kids to nonstop flights to avoid the added confusion and risk of connecting to another plane. Some limit the number of solo children on any one flight.Jun 23, 2016