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Old 08-12-2008, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Please put them on a non stop and pay the unaccompanied minor fee.

My poor 13 y.o. grand daughter spent 12 hours at Dulles in DC
Poor kid after delay after delay her flight was cancelled....

her flight from Orlando landed at 9:30 AM yesterday, she was supposed to leave DC at 12:15 for Newark NJ, finally at 3:45 United cancelled the flight..I tried in vain to have them get her on a flight to one of our surrounding airports...JFK, La Guardia, Philly, Atlantic City,Newburgh NY or Allenton PA...her only option was maybe they could bump someone and get her on the 10PM flight out of DC.

I had to get my temper up and tell them I don't give a fiddlers fart in church if her mother didn't pay the fee, they cancelled the flight and had better take responsibility for her until her Dad could drive to DC.
So they finally agreed to keep her in the room they keep kids in this type of situation until her Dad got there.

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 had told her mother this but she said my grand daughter would be fine...grrrrrrrrrrrr
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Old 08-12-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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To add insult to injury they want us to PAY to have her bags sent up to us
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: From UK to AK via MI
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My kids flew transatlantic as unacompanied minors several times, both British Airways and American Airlines did a great job, even when my daughter was taken seriously ill in Chicago the contact and support was great.

I would never put any child under 16 on a flight without paying extra for UM who knows who might try and take them while left alone in an airport ?

Jan x
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Since when do you have a choice? I know of no airline who will allow a 13YO to fly alone. You must pay the fee for the escort. Have things changed?

And I would never ever send a kid on a multiple stop flight with or without an escort. Non stop only. Less stress and less probables to go wrong.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Since when do you have a choice? I know of no airline who will allow a 13YO to fly alone. You must pay the fee for the escort. Have things changed?

And I would never ever send a kid on a multiple stop flight with or without an escort. Non stop only. Less stress and less probables to go wrong.
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
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:39 PM
 
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Each airlines treat unaccompanied minors differently. It just makes sense that a parent would read the details on that before they book a flight. It also makes sense (to me, at least) that a direct flight is preferable for anyone. We all know that what happened to the OP's grandaughter is more the norm then the abnormal these days, right? I feel sorry for the kids that have no say in their transportation.
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Each airlines treat unaccompanied minors differently. It just makes sense that a parent would read the details on that before they book a flight. It also makes sense (to me, at least) that a direct flight is preferable for anyone. We all know that what happened to the OP's grandaughter is more the norm then the abnormal these days, right? I feel sorry for the kids that have no say in their transportation.

Oh my I certainly hope that is not the norm nowadays...poor kids
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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I fly two or three times a year and yes, there's usually a delay, change of gates, change of planes,etc. Last year we went to Hawaii, leaving from Philadelphia to Phoenix and then supposed to catch the next flight an hour later to Hawaii. The airline cancelled the original flight from PHL and put us on one that would have arrived in PHX after our second flight was to depart. They did that one week before our flight and it took a few conversations to get everything figured out. When we were to leave Hawaii, they had overbooked the flight and actually bumped my Sister in law off the flight. She ended up spending the night alone and flying out the next morning.

Coming back from Colorado this past spring our flight was delayed twice and intead of getting into PHL at 10:30pm, we got in at 12:30am.

I love traveling too much to not fly but I am very cognizant of the fact that there's a good chance of delays and missed flights so always have a back up plan and enough essentials for an overnight when I go anywhere. And try to fly direct, not just advice for kids.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I fly two or three times a year and yes, there's usually a delay, change of gates, change of planes,etc. Last year we went to Hawaii, leaving from Philadelphia to Phoenix and then supposed to catch the next flight an hour later to Hawaii. The airline cancelled the original flight from PHL and put us on one that would have arrived in PHX after our second flight was to depart. They did that one week before our flight and it took a few conversations to get everything figured out. When we were to leave Hawaii, they had overbooked the flight and actually bumped my Sister in law off the flight. She ended up spending the night alone and flying out the next morning.

Coming back from Colorado this past spring our flight was delayed twice and intead of getting into PHL at 10:30pm, we got in at 12:30am.

I love traveling too much to not fly but I am very cognizant of the fact that there's a good chance of delays and missed flights so always have a back up plan and enough essentials for an overnight when I go anywhere. And try to fly direct, not just advice for kids.

Oh ok, delays & cancellations are the norm..I thought you meant kids kind of stranded because their parent was clueless like my grand daughters mother.

I just experienced this last month flying home from Denver, it was a huge PIA for me, I can only imagine a kid
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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If you read the unaccompanied minor info on the airlines websites you can quickly see that children older then 13 on most airlines are allowed to travel without any special labeling. In fact, some parents probably prefer that their kids fly under the radar so they don't have to pay extra. I just googled "unaccompanied minor policy" and found different ages and different rules on Southwest, Continental, United and Northwest. It's not a given that children will be labeled unaccompanied or treated differently then adults.
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