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Old 12-24-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Last time I travelled, I "hooked" mine up with a family on the same flight, we met in the check in line with luggage. She was too old for the "unaccompanied minor", which was 12 and under. And for all her "protests" at how she is an "adult" and able to care for herself, I was a wreck. So, she went in line in security with her new "adopted" family to Gate C12 at McCarran.

So, that was how I solved this, I "hooked-up" my kid. And she actually seemed quite happy to have a "temp" family. They even took her to the connecting gate in Atlanta.
I've done the same thing, but most fraidy-cat parents these days would never dream of doing that, so I didn't suggest it.
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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I've done the same thing, but most fraidy-cat parents these days would never dream of doing that, so I didn't suggest it.
Did you already know this family? If not how did you get connected with them?
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Old 12-24-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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When I was 13, I never would have had any sort of problem following a line... then walking to a number. I mean come on people... think back when you were kids, did you honestly need someone holding your hand the entire way?

I think a much bigger problem should be "my 13 year old cannot find the exit sign" . Then you should start asking questions
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: NYPD"s 30th Precinct
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You can get some kind of pass that will let you go all the way to the gate to see he's safe getting on the plane.
It's called a gate pass, but if your kid is 13, they may not give you one. At 13 you should really be old enough to follow a line, and the TSA agents will tell you what to do.

If they do give the parent a gate pass, they will go through the same screening just as if they were getting on board the aircraft themselves as they're accessing the sterile area of the terminal.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:40 AM
 
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When you send somebody as an unaccompanied minor, an adult is supposed to escort them to the gate and remain at the gate until the plane has taken off. We ran into an interesting situation once. A 13 yr old friend had flown in to visit my 13 yr old, and his parents paid the UM fee. My husband picked him up at the gate ( you are supposed to sign a form when you do, and the name must match whatever the parent on the other end put down).

When it came time for this boy to go home, I took him back to the airport along with my son. I had no problem getting a pass to the gate, but they didn't want to issue one for my son. The policy was one guardian to accompany the minor. They didn't see the problem with leaving my kid in the terminal alone for an hour or so while I stayed with our guest! It took a supervisor to override the ticket agent.

That was the last time we bothered with UM.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:07 PM
 
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Thanks all! The 13 year old visited and is now back home.

To pick him up, we had a choice of getting a gate pass and going through security, or letting a flight attendant walk him past security. We went with the second option. This worked out fine except the airline had made an error with my husband's name and they would not let the 13 year old leave with my husband until it was straightened out.

Then for the return flight, I took the 13 year old to the airport, went through security, and waited until the plane was in the air to leave the gate per the rules. I didn't have any problems, although per Mattie's post, I am glad I did not take my 13 year old with me to the airport!

The airline seemed pretty helpful and the 13 year old liked flying alone! I guess he got to talk to the pilot for a minute when boarding so he was pretty happy about that too.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Goodyear, Arizona
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My 13 year-old just flew by herself in Dec.and I was able to get a gate pass at the ticketing counter. She then was responsible for finding her way at her layover destination, but had no problems. Kids are pretty smart and mine enjoyed the challenge
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:48 PM
 
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travelling with my 13 years old do i need a consent letter from dad.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Domestically Probably No, Internationally Yes.

Unless your custody agreement does not allow you to take him out of State.

(But it can hurt to have one from him, (Notarized) )
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Old 10-04-2014, 04:35 AM
 
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I agree with flyonpa ... it would be a good idea to have a notarized consent letter signed by dad. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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