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Flying Juveniles Alone

Currently, there are no U.S. Department of Transportation regulations concerning the flying of unaccompanied minors. Each airline defines its own procedures. Please reference ICJ Rules 7-102, 7-106, and 7-107 when transporting juveniles.

Note: Please check the airline's policy prior to purchasing ticket for runaway.

Tips for Booking Flights

  • Call a service representative directly to book a flight for an unaccompanied minor. Many airlines refuse online reservations for unaccompanied minors.
  • Some airlines restrict the types of flights unaccompanied minors may use. The airlines may charge an additional fee.

Gate Escorts and Contacts

  • On the day of the flight, escort the juvenile to the ticket counter and complete required forms.
  • Do not place the juvenile in restraints upon arrival at the airport.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations require passengers 18 and older to present a valid ID at the security checkpoint. For a list of acceptable forms of ID, click here. 
  • Request a gate pass to escort the juvenile through security. Supervise the juvenile until the juvenile boards and the flight departs.
  • When picking up a juvenile, check-in at the ticket counter and obtain a gate pass.
  • An airline employee will escort the juvenile off the plane. Remind the juvenile that he/she should not deplane alone.
  • For more information regarding unaccompanied minors, click here to read "When Kids Fly Alone," published by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
AirTran Airways
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–7Required$49 each way per child.Nonstop/direct flights only. No unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day.RequiredMore
8–11Required$49 each per child for nonstop/direct flights. $69 each per child if itinerary includes a connecting flight.No unaccompanied minors accepted on the last flight of the day.RequiredMore
12–15Optional$49 each way per child for nonstop/direct flights. $69 each way per child if itinerary includes a connecting flight.No unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day.RequiredMore


Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–7Required$25 each way per child for nonstop/direct flights.No departures between 9pm–5am. No connections.RequiredMore
8–12Required$25 each way per child for nonstop/direct fliights. $50 each way per child for connecting flights.No departures between 9pm–5am.RequiredMore
13–17Optional$25 each way per child for nonstop/direct flights. $50 each way per child connecting flights.No departures between 9pm–5am.RequiredMore


American Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–7Required$150 each way per child to/from all locationsNonstop/direct flights only. No connecting flights. No unaccompanied minors on certain flights on smaller aircraft when a flight attendant is not required.RequiredMore
8–14Required$150 each way per child to/from all locations.Can travel on any nonstop or direct flight or connecting flights through CLT, DCA, DFW, JFK, LGA, LAX, MIA, ORD, PHL, and PHX.RequiredMore
15–17Optional$150 each way per child to/from all locations.No connections to/from another airline allowed. No co-terminal connecting itineraries.RequiredMore


Continental Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–7Required$100 each way per childNonstop flights onlyRequiredMore
8–11Required$100 each way per childNo unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day - unless the connecting flight is the only published service to that destination. No connections allowed to/from other carriers.RequiredMore
12–17Optional$100 each way per childNo unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day - unless the connecting flight is the only published service to that destination.RequiredMore


Delta Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–7Required$150 each way per childNonstop flights only. No flights between 9pm–5am. Exceptions include domestic short haul flights (less than 2 hours) and flights to/from Alaska and Hawaii.RequiredMore
8–14Required$150 each way per childNo unaccompanied minors on the last connecting flight of the day. No flights between 9pm–5am. Exceptions include domestic short haul flights (less than 2 hours), flights to/from Alaska and Hawaii, and markets with only one connection.RequiredMore
15–17Optional$150 each way per childNo unaccompanied minors on the last connecting flight of the day. No flights between 9pm–5am. Exceptions include domestic short haul flights (less than 2 hours), flights to/from Alaska and Hawaii, and markets with only one connection.RequiredMore


Frontier Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–14Required$100 for nonstop/direct flights.Unaccompanied minors can only travel on nonstop flights.RequiredMore


Hawaiian Air
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–11Required$100 each way per child for all flights between the continental U.S. and Hawaii.No connections to/from other airlines allowed. No codeshare flights.RequiredMore
12–17Optional$100 each way per child for all flights between the continental U.S. and Hawaii.No connecting flights to/from other carriers. No codeshare flights.RequiredMore


jetBlue Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–13Required$100 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore
14–17Optional$100 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore


Southwest Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–11Required$50 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore
12–17Optional$50 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore


Spirit Air
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–14Required$100 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore
15 and olderOptional$100 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore


United Airlines
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–15Required$150 each way per childNonstop flights only. Connections to other airlines are subject to the connecting airline's unaccompanied minor policy and may not be allowed. RequiredMore
16 and upOptional$150 each way per childNonstop flights only. Connections to other airlines are subject to the connecting airline's unaccompanied minor policy and may not be allowed. RequiredMore


U.S. Airways
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–14Required$150 each way per childNonstop/direct flights onlyRequiredMore
15–17Optional$150 each way per childNonstop/direct flights only if unaccompanied minor service is requestedRequiredMore


Virgin America
 
Ages
Unaccompanied
Minor Service
 
Fees
Flight
Restrictions
Gate Escort &
Guardian Contacts
 
Notes
5–14Required$75 each way per child for flights less than 2 hours. $100 each way per child for flights more than 2 hours.Nonstop flights onlyRequiredMore
15–17Optional$75 each way per child for flights less than 2 hours. $100 each way per child for flights more than 2 hours.Nonstop flights onlyRequiredMore