How Old Do You Have to Be to Fly Alone?
Flying alone is stressful to a lot of adults, let alone young kids. But the age requirements for 'solo' flying may shock you.
We recently chatted about Montana's laws regarding age requirements for leaving kids home alone and for riding in the front seat, but what about air travel? With the holidays coming up and the jump in travel rates, we thought we would see what age requirements for flying were.
When I imagine kids flying alone, my mind goes straight to Home Alone 2 when Kevin McCalister accidentally boards the wrong flight and goes to New York. Fortunately, in the real world, there's a process in place to prevent this if children are flying alone.
How young can kids fly alone, and on what airlines?
USA Today states that most commercial airlines, like United, Delta, Southwest, and American, require parents or relatives to escort the child to the departure gate. This way the kids aren't alone in the airport.
Shockingly, children as young as five years old can travel by themselves. However, their flights must be nonstop to the final destination and have zero connections.
That makes total sense. You don't want your young kids trying to find a new gate in a busy airport. You want to make sure all of your bases are covered.
I'm not a parent, but I would have a hard time letting a five-year-old fly alone. The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is small, and I would feel safe letting a kid fly by themselves out of there, but I couldn't imagine leaving them to depart or land alone in massive airports like Seattle, Denver, or Atlanta. I was a menace as a kid and probably would have missed the flight. Plus, imagine a little kid trying to get off an airplane all by themselves; something that most adults don't know how to do correctly.
Would you let your kids fly alone, or do they need parental supervision? For more details, check out USA Today.