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.