Flying alone?

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Flying alone?
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 5:19pm

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

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Registered: 04-03-2005
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 10:40pm

Sorry for coming late to the party...

I would let him go. My son has flown alone every year since he was 7.

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Registered: 12-12-2007
Thu, 02-17-2011 - 6:25pm
Oh, one more thing. Most airlines have email flight alerts. So if his flight changes, you will get an email. I did this last summer when we sent DD18 to volleyball camp. Her flight in Devner got all kinds of messed up and she would have had to spend the night in seattle by herself. Since I got the email, we were able to push her flight back a day and they didn't charge us either. It was great!!!
KRISTIE
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Thu, 02-17-2011 - 6:23pm
We live almost in the middle of no where, so there are always change overs on the flights. DD18 has been flying by herself for a few years now. I'd just have that safety chat with him again and be sure he has a cell phone with him. He might roll his eyes at you, but that's okay. I hope he has a great time!!
KRISTIE
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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 6:39pm
Nothing against Midway but anything I would have to add wouldn't even apply since the airport Stacy is talking about is in Central Illinois from what I recall. I really only know O'Hare but that's just because it's the one we've gone to a zillion times.
Becky - Mom to Carolyn (17), Aaron (15), Kyle (11) & Luke (8)
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Thu, 02-10-2011 - 5:13pm
beckymk wrote:

Never mind, I saw it wasn't O'Hare or Midway!

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Mon, 02-07-2011 - 10:21am

My 2cents worth-

I'd let him go. When my DS was a Junior in HS he was applying to attend the Naval Academy in Maryland ( he did apply but did not get in) But during the Spring of his JR year he attended the Academy's Camp for 4wks and had to fly from Buffalo to Baltimore by himself, the Academy did send a bus to pick up the kids flying in. I don't even recall considering going with him. It was a direct flight - there and then back again- it was good experience for him.

Kathy
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Thu, 01-27-2011 - 10:41am
I think it will be a good experience for him. Will he need to change planes somewhere or is it direct? The first time Felicia flew we paid extra for someone accompany her since she had to changes planes in a huge airport. This past summer she flew to Taiwan alone and changed in Newark, she had a 4hr layover so had no problems and wasn't afraid to ask for help finding her way from one gate to the next.
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Fri, 01-21-2011 - 1:55pm
I would let him do it, but for what it is worth my husband wouldn't. My son is going to visit a school in Colorado and I think he ought to do it himself if he plans on going there next year. My husband doesn't agree and wants one of us to go with him. My son does have a lot of experience traveling via airplane though. I would not be concerned by the airplane I would be more concerned about him figuring out how to get around Denver when he gets there, but as I said I figure he will have to figure it out next year anyway.

Robin
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 11:22pm

Never mind, I saw it wasn't O'Hare or Midway!

Becky - Mom to Carolyn (17), Aaron (15), Kyle (11) & Luke (8)
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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 8:34pm

I replied to you on the teens board.