Rule 7-106: Transportation

  1. Holding/receiving states are responsible for transporting juveniles to local airports or other means of public transportation as arranged by the home/demanding/sending state and maintaining security of the juveniles until departure. 
  2. Home/demanding/sending states shall make every effort to accommodate the airport preferences of the holding/receiving state. Additionally, travel plans shall be made with consideration of normal business hours and exceptions shall be approved by the holding/ receiving state. 
  3. In collaboration with the holding/receiving state, demanding/sending state, and the intermediate airport state, discretion shall be used when determining which personal items may accompany the juvenile on their return. Items that may jeopardize the health, safety, or security of the juvenile or others shall be confiscated.
  4. Confiscated personal belongings shall be returned to the legal guardians by checked luggage, approved carrier, COD, or at the expense of the home/demanding/sending state.
  5. In cases where a juvenile is being transported by a commercial airline carrier, the holding/receiving state shall ensure the juvenile has a picture identification card, if available, and/or a copy of the applicable ICJ paperwork or appropriate due process documentation in his/her possession before entering the airport.
  6. The home/demanding/sending state shall not use commercial ground transportation unless all other options have been considered or the juvenile is accompanied by an adult.

  7. The duly accredited officers of any compacting state, upon the establishment of their authority and the identity of the juvenile being returned, shall be permitted to transport such juvenile through any and all states party to this Compact, without interference.

  8. In the event of an emergency situation including but not limited to weather, accident, mechanical issue, delayed flight, or missed flight, that interrupts or changes established travel plans during a return transport, the ICJ member states may provide necessary services and assistance, including temporary detention or appropriate shelter arrangements for the juvenile until the transport is rearranged and/or completed.

History: Adopted as Rule 6-110 December 3, 2009, effective March 1, 2010; amended September 15, 2010, effective January 1, 2011; renumbered as Rule 7-106, effective April 1, 2014; amended August 26, 2015, effective February 1, 2016; amended September 27, 2017, effective March 1, 2018; amended September 27, 2023, effective April 1, 2024