Flying alone ?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2005
Flying alone ?
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 5:46pm

Connor (17) has a college interview coming up in Illinios.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:25pm

We have done this twice with our daughter, who is 15. When you say "child's ticket," I assume you mean he is flying as an unaccompanied minor (a special status given by the airline) and not that he got a discounted ticket. Most airlines do not discount tickets for children

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:27pm

I don't have any btdt advice with having kids fly alone. Justin and Danielle flew to Vegas for their honeymoon but they were 19 and 22. And Justin had flown with us before. I think if it's a direct flight it shouldn't be much of a problem since you'd see him off on one end and there'd be someone on the other end. And if he's flying under a child's ticket maybe they could help him out a bit but I'm not sure who you'd contact to talk to about it. I don't suppose he's flying into Peoria or Bloomington is he? If he was I'd go meet him and welcome him to IL! Congrats on him being already accepted BTW. Perhaps you'll have reason to visit IL one day!

Pam
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 9:08pm

My youngest, the space cadet, flew from IL to CO to see his GF at 18. Now, he had flown with us before but still, I was shocked at how well he handled it all-he had to handle connections, a small plane to be closer to her town, etc.

He should be fine. It never hurts to run through worse case scenarios(person who is to meet him doesn't show, for example).

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2005
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 9:17pm

Actually Pam he'd be flying into Bloomington.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 11:00pm
Just find out ahead of time what the rules are for brining liquids, etc... Don't forget that shampoo, some deoderants, contact solutions, etc.. are all in that catagory and be sure to pck things in the correct containers and baggies. Wear shoes that come off easily, bring proper ID, etc... My kids have flown a few times, a few times with my parents, and my dd (16) had flown more than my mom recently and had to show my mom the ropes.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 11:13pm
Really?? Just sent you a private message. If you don't get it - my email is jlsjjsmom@yahoo.com.
Pam
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Registered: 10-16-1999
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 10:19am

The summer my DD turned 15 she and her bff flew from Raleigh NC to LAX (with a layover in Dallas) by themselves.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 11:26am

Since everyone else has covered procedure, is your DS nervous at all about flying?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-2001
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 12:00pm

Is he looking at LCU?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-14-2000
Thu, 01-20-2011 - 3:20pm

They certainly are friendly, aren't they?? If I knew at one point I must have forgotten that we are both central Illinoisian's! I'm in the Peoria area!

Pam

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