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Old 06-14-2007, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I think I would have a hard time with any international flight OR any domestic flight that involved a connection be made...but I'm thinking China would be completely out of the question...I believe they have to stop in Hong Kong...thats not a place I would want my child going through at all.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:17 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Another issue: if you are flying via Chicago to anywhere there are likely to be problems like delays. It doesn't matter which one of their airports; it doesn't matter what the weather is, though their weather can cause its own problems. I am not making this up or exaggerating. My younger daughter went to college in the Chicago area for the past two years; every trip home was an adventure: weather, delays for unknown reasons, and the like. They could miss the plane to China and have to go another day; they could arrive very late, etc.
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Old 06-14-2007, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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Another issue: if you are flying via Chicago to anywhere there are likely to be problems like delays. It doesn't matter which one of their airports; it doesn't matter what the weather is, though their weather can cause its own problems. I am not making this up or exaggerating. My younger daughter went to college in the Chicago area for the past two years; every trip home was an adventure: weather, delays for unknown reasons, and the like. They could miss the plane to China and have to go another day; they could arrive very late, etc.
When I lived in Massachusetts, I would fly through Chicago on my visits to see family in Dallas, it was ALWAYS a nightmare. I had to hike a quarter mile between the gate I landed at and the one I had to leave from.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:53 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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As an aside , it is interesting to consider the reactions I have received. It doesn't seem to be the case here, but among the people I have talked with that have traveled internationally, the response is almost always "fantastic-go for it!" Those that haven't say the opposite.
I was telling my 23 yr old daughter about this yesterday, and we agreed, the city-data folks are being more frank with you than your friends are. Also, my DH has been to China, and he says it's like going to North Korea! (Which he has not been to, but think of how you feel about N. Korea. China is similar, in his opinion.) Your daughter and her friends would need supervision 24/7 while there, including from the time they get off the plane until they are met.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:13 PM
 
Location: North of The Border
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When I was 12 I flew alone from Utah to Frankfurt, Germany, with a layover in NYC. I believe my parents paid an extra fee to have airline staff escort me and physically walk me to my gate change in NYC. Once in Frankfurt, an escort walked me right to customs and I soon met my party there. No problems at all other than being a bit shy and scared, but I was mature for my age.

With the two of them, I'm sure they will be fine.
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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My daughter is leaving Tuesday morning, flying direct from Orlando to Denver. This is the third time for her to fly on her own...I am still nervous.

Whenever she flys, I wait until the plane has taken off before I leave the airport. I have a horror of the plane returning to the gate and me not being there...of course as soon as she lands she calls me.
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:21 AM
 
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I am very surprised a parent would even consider this and have to mull it over for 13 years olds-.I think the lady is right who said the people here are more honest with you then your pals,,,and contrary to the ops statement,, I am a traveler and would guess most on this sight are
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Old 06-18-2007, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I would be very leery. I let my 13 year old fly on his own to visit family (he had a layover in Phoenix) and headed to Chicago. The airlines said if we wanted assistance, they were there for us. My son was familiar with Sky Harbor, so he had no problem finding his connecting flight. But ........ he wasn't going to China. If your child is going on a non-stop flight to China, I'd say let her go. But, if she had to change planes, I would have concerns.
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Old 06-18-2007, 12:39 PM
 
Location: in a house
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...The flight is from Pittsburgh to Chicago, then Chicago non-stop to Shang Hai. The airline REQUIRES that unnaccompanied minors have an airline chaperone who is responsible for getting them from gate to gate; essentially from departure to arrival and into the custody of the recieving party. That costs $75.00. In addition, one of the parents, maybe me, will do the Pitt/Chicago leg with the girls to ensure they will make the connection smoothly. We may do the same for the return. Incidently, one of the girls has made this trip before...........
$150 is a small price....... You'll get them on the plane someone will meet them..... What an opportunity!
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:27 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I actually think "gate to gate" means they will walk the girls off the plane. . . period. When they leave the gate, they will be on their own. They may have to go through customs alone; even in Belgium, my husband could not join me in customs. (He had arrived in Belgium some days earlier.)
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