Airline Information: Flying Juveniles Alone

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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 using the links below 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, Contacts, and Identification

  • 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, visit the TSA website.
  • 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.