Flying Solo: Unaccompanied Minors
My nieces (ages 11 and 12) came out for a recent visit. They flew from the Midwest to Portland unaccompanied on their second solo flight sans parent or family. When I asked them how their flight was on the way out, it was the typical 'tween "boring" response. On their return flight, I navigated the process, helped them check in and filled out the required paperwork and waited with them at their gate until their flight took off. Waiting to fly unaccompanied were three other kids, a pair of siblings probably older then them and another boy, aged 10. Being far from our family, it's always been our intent to have our kids spend an extended stint with family out-of-state. The question though, at what age have / would you let your child(ren) fly unaccompanied? The youngest that's allowed is 5 years old, far younger than my own comfort level. So far, from my nieces experience, they encountered few problems and my sister would certainly allow them do it again.