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Old 08-12-2008, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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United will let them fly between 12-17 with out paying the fee
I agree 100% and if I had her mother next to me yesterday i would have not been responsible for my actions!!

I pushed for her to use a non stop Continental flight, they do not allow kids alone on flights that have to connect nor the last flight of the day and you must pay the fee, I told her if money was an issue I would pay for it as did my son
Kate what is that fee today?

Some years ago my ex used to send her boy back to stay with his dad several times a year. Alaska Airlines charged $75 for an escort which was mandatory. I think he was 11 when we first started flying him up to his Dad alone. They would not allow escorted minors on multi stop flights.
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Old 08-12-2008, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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The problem is United never knew the child was flying alone. If the fee was paid, the flight attendants and staff would all have been catering to the child and taking better care of her. They probably assumed she was with the nearest adult to her since she wasn't on their list of minors. When they canceled the flight, how was the airline suppossed to know if she was with an adult or not?

The one thing I would have done is pressed for her to get on another flight more. I highly doubt that none of United's numerous flights from its Dulles hub to the New Jersey area airports had one seat available. Sometimes you have to ask to get on another airline also. I have done this several times. My Qantas flight in New Zealand was canceled and I demanded to be put on the Air NZ flight. My Delta flight to Honolulu was delayed six hours and I was going to miss my connection to Hawaiian Air. I demanded to be put on another airline and they finally got me on American. They don't usually offer to do so, but if you demand it, they will sometimes put you on another airline.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Kate what is that fee today?

Some years ago my ex used to send her boy back to stay with his dad several times a year. Alaska Airlines charged $75 for an escort which was mandatory. I think he was 11 when we first started flying him up to his Dad alone. They would not allow escorted minors on multi stop flights.
Depending on airline between $75-$125 a small price to pay for peace of mind
I believe Continental also has that policy, it has to be a non stop flight and can not be the last flight of the day

All that said my grand daughter's mother is responsible for what happened to her, some parents today just totally lack any common sense at all when it comes to their children's safety, especially in this day of age
Still don't have all her bags, one was delivered this morning and the other UA tracked to Massachusetts, how it ended up there is anybody's guess
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:04 PM
 
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Bottom line pay the fee, put your kids on non stop flights because the airlines, in this instance United, don't give a dam about your stranded kid.

I sorry but I don't agree. You can't blame the airline when the parents won't even take responsibilites to ensure their kid's safety. Pay the fee or fly with them. Simple as that.
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Old 08-16-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Back in February, a 17 year old (Joe) flew from Sioux Falls, SD to Phoenix to visit potential colleges with his parents and a few of his friends. His parents stayed in Phoenix and the teens flew back, but got delayed in Minneapolis, and missed the connecting flight to Sioux Falls. They had to stay overnight, so the airlines (Northwest) put them in a Days Inn... They were not flying as registered unaccompanied minors. They called some friends in the area, and they got drunk at the hotel. They went to the indoor pool... Joe's friends ending up leaving and left him in the pool. He ended up drowning. So sad, when this could have been prevented.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:26 AM
 
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Now that example is kind of pushing the reasoning for direct flights just a bit. An underage person drowning because he had too much to drink could happen anywhere, including in his own pool.
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Old 08-17-2008, 07:52 PM
 
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Direct flights? That wasn't the reason as to why I posted this story.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:34 AM
 
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Direct flights? That wasn't the reason as to why I posted this story.
But, what was your point? I can't imagine any 17 year old being willing to be considered an unaccompanied minor with a lanyard around their neck and a airline employee babysitting. It sounds like a combination of bad choices (drinking to the point of being drunk) and bad friends (leaving him alone in the pool). Both of which could have happened in the boys home town. I don't think you could blame any of that on an airline. It could have been prevented by not drinking.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I sorry but I don't agree. You can't blame the airline when the parents won't even take responsibilites to ensure their kid's safety. Pay the fee or fly with them. Simple as that.
Well up to a point I agree. Most airlines if you are under 17 you have to pay & fly the unacompanied minor fee. US allows a kid as young as 13 to fly as if they were an adult...wrong in my opinion...but as I said the ultimate responsibility is with her MOM
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