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.

 

AirTran Airways
Age
5–7
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$49 each way per child.
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only. No unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
8–11
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$49 each per child for nonstop/direct flights. $69 each per child if itinerary includes a connecting flight.
Flight Restrictions
No unaccompanied minors accepted on the last flight of the day.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
12–15
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$49 each way per child for nonstop/direct flights. $69 each way per child if itinerary includes a connecting flight.
Flight Restrictions
No unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day.
Gate Escort
Required
Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air
Age
5-7
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$25 each way per child for nonstop/direct flights.
Flight Restrictions
No departures between 9pm–5am. No connections.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
8-12
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$25 each way per child for nonstop/direct fliights. $50 each way per child for connecting flights.
Flight Restrictions
No departures between 9pm–5am.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
13-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$25 each way per child for nonstop/direct flights. $50 each way per child connecting flights.
Flight Restrictions
No departures between 9pm–5am.
Gate Escort
Required
American Airlines
Age
5-7
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$150 each way per child to/from all locations
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only. No connecting flights. No unaccompanied minors on certain flights on smaller aircraft when a flight attendant is not required.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
8-14
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$150 each way per child to/from all locations.
Flight Restrictions
Can travel on any nonstop or direct flight or connecting flights through CLT, DCA, DFW, JFK, LGA, LAX, MIA, ORD, PHL, and PHX.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
15-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$150 each way per child to/from all locations.
Flight Restrictions
No connections to/from another airline allowed. No co-terminal connecting itineraries.
Gate Escort
Required
Continental Airlines
Age
5-7
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Age
8-11
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
No 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.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
12-17
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
No unaccompanied minors on the last flight of the day - unless the connecting flight is the only published service to that destination.
Gate Escort
Required
Delta Airlines
Age
5-7
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$150 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop flights only. No flights between 9pm–5am. Exceptions include domestic short haul flights (less than 2 hours) and flights to/from Alaska and Hawaii.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
8-14
Unaccompanied Minor
$150 each way per child
Fees
No 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.
Flight Restrictions
No 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.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
15-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$150 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
No 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.
Gate Escort
Required
Frontier Airlines
Age
5-14
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 for nonstop/direct flights.
Flight Restrictions
Unaccompanied minors can only travel on nonstop flights.
Gate Escort
Required
Hawaiian Air
Age
5-11
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child for all flights between the continental U.S. and Hawaii.
Flight Restrictions
No connections to/from other airlines allowed. No codeshare flights.
Gate Escort
Required
Age
12-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$100 each way per child for all flights between the continental U.S. and Hawaii.
Flight Restrictions
No connecting flights to/from other carriers. No codeshare flights.
Gate Escort
Required
jetBlue Airlines
Age
5-13
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Age
14-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Southwest Airlines
Age
5-11
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$50 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Age
12-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$50 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Spirit Air
Age
5–14
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Age
15 and older
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$100 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
U.S. Airways
Age
5-14
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$150 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Age
15–17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$150 each way per child
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop/direct flights only if unaccompanied minor service is requested
Gate Escort
Required
United Airlines
Age
5-15
Gate Escort
Required
Fees
$150 each way per child
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop flights only. Connections to other airlines are subject to the connecting airline's unaccompanied minor policy and may not be allowed.
Age
16 and up
Gate Escort
Required
Fees
$150 each way per child
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop flights only. Connections to other airlines are subject to the connecting airline's unaccompanied minor policy and may not be allowed.
Virgin America
Age
5-14
Unaccompanied Minor
Required
Fees
$75 each way per child for flights less than 2 hours. $100 each way per child for flights more than 2 hours.
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop flights only
Gate Escort
Required
Age
15-17
Unaccompanied Minor
Optional
Fees
$75 each way per child for flights less than 2 hours. $100 each way per child for flights more than 2 hours.
Flight Restrictions
Nonstop flights only
Gate Escort
Required