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Old 12-20-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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We have a 13 year old coming to visit us and he will be flying on his own as an unaccompanied minor. On his way home, I am guessing that I (an adult) will have to take him through airport security.

Does anyone know if this is correct and if I will be subject to body scanners and everything else that a passenger would go through? Also, how would I show that I am accompanying a teenager flying alone just until he gets on the plane?

Thanks!
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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We have a 13 year old coming to visit us and he will be flying on his own as an unaccompanied minor. On his way home, I am guessing that I (an adult) will have to take him through airport security.

Does anyone know if this is correct and if I will be subject to body scanners and everything else that a passenger would go through? Also, how would I show that I am accompanying a teenager flying alone just until he gets on the plane?

Thanks!

The person accompanying him will not be able to go through security without a boarding pass. He will have to do everything on his own (which will be very simple). Just prepare his bag for him before you leave, get all liquids/gels in the plastic bag etc etc. He won't have any problems.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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Go to the ticket counter and the agent will give you a boarding pass to allow you to go through security.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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It's been a long time, but it seems to me that an unaccompanied minor is the responsibility of the airline to assign personnel to oversee all aspects of his travel, which would include escorting him through security. Most airlines charge a fee of about $100, which is mandatory for children up to 14 and optional from 15 to 17.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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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.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:03 AM
 
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The person accompanying him will not be able to go through security without a boarding pass. He will have to do everything on his own (which will be very simple). Just prepare his bag for him before you leave, get all liquids/gels in the plastic bag etc etc. He won't have any problems.
I agree. You can walk him up to the security line but that's it, you will not be allowed to walk to the gate or anywhere past the first TSA agent who checks ID and boarding passes.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:10 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Go to check-in The check-in staff will give you a Gate Pass, to take your unaccompanied minor to the gate, They will give you his your paper work at the landside check-in, and a pass to get you thru secuirty, You will go thru the same security as everyone else, 13yo don't need ID's but if he has a passport, or a school ID it would help. Take him to the gate and present him to the gate agent. Most airlines require the sender to stay at the gate after turn over to the FA's until after the flight takes off, just incase the plane has to come back to the gate for some reason.

Make sure his IPOD & Cell phone are charged up, He will have a great flight.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:26 AM
 
Location: New York
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American Airlines Offers Information For Traveling With Children And Infants On AA.com

There is a whole bit about unaccompanied minors which I guess is similar to the other airlines.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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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.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:49 AM
 
Location: IL
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When my wife traveled with our three kids on her own I was able to get a gate pass that allowed me to get through security and help them get to their gate. I went through security like someone getting on a flight. Also, last flight we forgot something on the plane and we had already gone through security on teh way out. The agent gave me a similar pass to get back to the gate. That could be an option.
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