United Airlines Child Flying Alone

Making Air Travel Easy & Convenient for Young Flyers

The sole focus of the United Airlines is the safety of its young passengers. The airline tries its best to provide a safe and comfortable journey for the young ones, especially if they are traveling alone. Whether they are visiting a family member or going to the summer camp, you can rest at home without being worried, knowing that they are in great hands. United offers unaccompanied minor service for the children of 5-14 years who are traveling alone. These young kids will get following perks while on board-

  • Pre-boarding – Kids can board flight earlier than other passengers so that they get extra time to settle down.
  • Free snack item – Young flyers will get complimentary snack items for free while flying, for which others pay some amount.

Unaccompanied Minor Policy – a Detailed Look

Unaccompanied minor service is for the children who are traveling without a legal guardian, a parent, or with someone who is an adult. These young flyers also need to follow certain rules and terms for their security-

  • Unaccompanied minor service is not available for children younger than five years.
  • These young passengers can only travel on the non-stop United Airlines flights. They can’t use this service on any code share flights or a flight operated by partner airlines.
  • Children who are 15 or older are not allowed to travel as unaccompanied minors. Young adults of 15-17 years can travel alone on any United Airlines flights. 
  • No one can use this service on connecting flights to or from other airlines.
  • $150 is charged each way for every two children flying using unaccompanied minor service. 

When two or more young kids are flying together, the age of the younger kid will decide whether they will use accompanied minor service or not. If the younger passenger is 5-14 and older passenger is 15-17, then the younger one is still considered as an unaccompanied minor.

United Airlines wants everything to run smoothly; that’s why they will help young flyers in each step of the journey.

Booking process For Young Flyer

You can book air tickets for your children in two ways that are on the phone or online. Booking tickets from both the ways is no rocket science. It’s a very easy process. 

Online

  • Visit the official site of the airline that is united.com.
  • Choose the advanced search option.
  • Change the number of passengers from one to zero.
  • Enter the number of children traveling.
  • Select the range of their age based on the day they are traveling.

At phone

  • You can also connect to the airline representative via the United Customer Contact Center. They are always willing to help you.
  • You will have to pay $25 as booking charges if a reservation is made through the contact center.

While booking tickets for your kids, enter who is picking up and who is dropping off your kids. Provide this information while purchasing the ticket. If you want to make changes later, contact the customer contact center of United Airlines. 

Along with the booking charges, you will have to pay $150 as a service charge, which we will provide to you kid while flying. If a young flyer is traveling with his parents, guardian, or anyone else, then he does not need unaccompanied minor service. 

Young flyers need to check-in at the airport. Mobile and online check-in are not available for passengers below 15 years.

Things to keep in mind before travel

Even if your kid has traveled alone before also, you should prepare him for the trip with the following tips.

  • Give your children phone numbers of yours or any other adults in case he needs to talk.
  • If your kid is bringing any electronic devices, make sure they are fully charged to avoid any hassle.
  • Tell your child what he will experience at the airport, like finding the gate, going through security, boarding the plane, etc. So that they know exactly what to expect.
  • Pack some games and books in your child’s bag to keep him entertained during the flight.
  • Ensure, they wait for the uniformed executive of the airline who will walk them off when they land.
  • Remind your children to talk to the airline representative if they need anything. They should not hesitate while communicating with the airline representative.

Things to know before departure

You will have to take out at least 30 minutes extra from your schedule to drop your child at the airport. 

Check-in

  • Mobile and online-in check-in are allowed for the young flyers who are traveling alone. The agents will talk to you personally and will make sure your child is comfortable. Go to the check-in counter after arriving at the airport.
  • The agents will verify the details related to the person who is dropping and picking up the child. 
  • The young traveler will be provided with wristband and bag tags. This will help the United representatives to identify kids that they are traveling alone.
  • A special envelope will be given to the kid to keep all important documents safe such as boarding pass, passport, unaccompanied minor forms, baggage claim tickets, and receipts.
  • You will be provided with a special customer service phone number, which you can dial any time after your child starts his journey.

Going through security

Whether you are allowed to go with your child to the departure gate absolutely depends upon the origin airport. 

  • If the flight of your child is departing from the US, you will get a gate pass at the check-in counter that allows you to go to the gate and through security with your child. 
  • If the departing airport of your child is outside the US, then the representative will help your child through security and other customs to the gate.

Boarding

Young travelers will board before other passengers with the United representative. Flight attendants will-

  • Take kids to their seats
  • Personally greet them
  • Explain the safety feature
  • Tell them where are the lavatories

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