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User currently offlineCoachClass From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 439 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

The story of the adopted 7 year old Russian child being returned from Tennessee is disturbing. My question is how this little boy could be allowed to fly alone internationally without a guardian or airline emploee. He probably had to change planes somewhere to connect to the international flight and had to check in---I thought if a minor was travelling alone or with only one parent that they had to have the other parent's consent because of the child abduction laws. BTW, do we know which airline he flew and what the routing was? I feel that the airline had a certain responsibilty in this matter. We hear all the time of children getting lost or end up missing. What if this little boy disappeared, who would have reported it?

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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31097 posts, RR: 85
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2773 times:
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I have not been following the story, but from what I have heard on the news, he was treated as an Unaccompanied Minor per airline regulations. He wasn't just dropped off at the airport and left to his own devices.

User currently offlinecokepopper From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1187 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

FWIU the grandmother flew to IAD with him to IAD, then bought a one-way ticket from IAD-SVO.
I believe each carrier has different ages for different segments. This case a UM for non-stop
intl.


User currently offlineworldtraveler From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2356 times:

According to news reports, there was an adult who provided the necessary documentation at the departure city including the name of the person in MOW who met the child.

The story may have interest because of the un-adoption issues but from an airline standpoint and unaccompanied minors, there is nothing outstanding about the story. All airlines are simply responsibility for ensuring the appropriate documentation has been provided for the child to travel and to ensure there is a contact at the arrival station. The rest of this story is about the adoption process - not airline unaccompanied minor procedures.


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

I used to fly alone all the time when I was younger. It was fun, the FAs would just check in to make sure I was ok, and let me in the lounges on connecting flights. I always got a front row seat, and used to visit the cockpit!

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