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Children Traveling Alone Checklist

Ensure You and Your Child Are Prepared For The Trip

When Making Reservations

At the time of travel the Child Traveler must be between the ages of 5 and 17 years old.
Complete the Guardian Contact Form.
You will need the names and phone numbers of the Guardians that will be picking up and dropping off the Child Traveler and alternate Guardians in case of emergency (guardians should be included for each direction). Minors will only be released to individuals with valid photo I.D. that are listed on the Guardian Contact Form.
Read the Rules for Children Traveling Alone.
When choosing seats, we recommend selecting Children Traveling Alone seats ("L" seats) from the seat map.

Before Going to the Airport

If the child is traveling internationally, visit to see if a Letter of Consent is required for entrance or exit of any country traveled.
Check the status of the Child Traveler's flight and weather conditions at
Pack a carry-on for your Child Traveler with activities, any necessary medications, and snacks.
Ensure that your child has had a meal prior to the flight.
Provide Child Traveler with a debit or credit card in the event that Northern Bites meal service or Inflight Entertainment player is available on the specific flight. Cash is not accepted for onboard meals and services.
Provide a phone card and important phone numbers to the Child Traveler so they can contact you or someone else if needed en route.
Update your online Guardian Contact Form using the Child Traveler's confirmation code or e-ticket number.
Print your online Guardian Contact Form using the Child Traveler's confirmation code or e-ticket number.
Bring the Guardian Contact Forms (departure and return) with you to the airport.

At the Airport

Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic and 2 hours for international flights.
Notify a Customer Service Agent at the ticket counter that the child is an Unaccompanied Minor.
Let the Customer Service Agent know if any information on the Guardian Contact Form needs to be updated.
Notify the Customer Service Agent if a friend or family member will be meeting the Child Traveler(s).
Sign the Guardian Contact Form, acknowledging that you agree to the Request for Carriage and have read and understood the Rules for Children Traveling Alone.
Pay the Unaccompanied Minor Service fee for the departure flight (the fee will also need to be paid at the returning airport's ticket counter).
Obtain an escort pass from the ticket counter so that you can escort the Child Traveler to/from the gate. A Guardian listed on the Guardian Contact Form must present a valid photo I.D. to obtain an escort pass for meeting a Child Traveler at the gate.
Report to the gate with the Child Traveler at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
Introduce the Child Traveler to the gate agent.
Remain at the airport until a Customer Service Agent has confirmed that the Child Traveler's flight has departed.
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