ILUV767
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Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 6:03 am

I was just wondering if there is an age limit to fly in first class on international flights? A friend told me that no one under the age of 18 was allowed on flights into or out of the United States. Is that true?
 
We're Nuts
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 6:07 am

I seriously doubt that....
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Kottan
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 6:21 am

No, ILUV767, that's not true.

If you read carefully the timetable of lets say SQ, TG, MH, BA or QF, you won't notice any restrictions on ages. Those airlines offer even bassinets in 1st.

Kottan

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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 6:33 am

On a few airlines, no STANDBY passengers can fly in "Sleeperette" First Class internationally.

Hell, if a family wants to pay $10,000 return for a nine year old, do you think that they'd stop them?!

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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 6:48 am

Well, Delta BusinessElite may not count as First Class, but in six round-trip transatlantic trips in the past twelve months, I've been bumped to BusinessElite three times.

Given, I was 17 at the time, but even at age 16 I got bumped up a couple of times from Coach to their old Business Class - non-revving and all.

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ZRH
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 7:49 am

Give me a break! Only an US citizen could think that state could make prescriptions, what kind of people airlines may take in first class. That's only the airline's business if they want to have minors in first class or not. Everything else is communism.
 
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 8:55 am

I was told by the station manager in Denver for British Airways that they did not allow anyone under the age of 12 in First.
 
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 9:57 am

why would there be an age limit(unless if you are a very immature minor) I have flown first class once and business class 4 times, and I am a "minor" on my flight last summer(AA,LGW-DFW) there were several families with kids in business including mine, in some way, isn't that a way of discrimination, heck, if a family wants to pay $10,000 for the parents and kids to fly first, why can't they? unless if it is a four to five year old kid who won't shut up, if there is an age limit, it should be no kids under 8 or 9 years old(even though i know people who are older but act younger than 8 or 9)
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boeing777
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 10:06 am

Ha! That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I've flown in first class with my parents for years (I'm only 16). We're frequent air travelers, and if ANY airline kept our party from our preferred cabin, we would be quite upset. I think if any airline enforced an age limit on First Class passengers, this would be more of an issue, and more people would know about it. I doubt your friend has any idea what he/she is talking about.
 
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 10:10 am

I've flown first class to/from the US starting at age 2 and never had the slightest problem.  
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che
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 10:18 am

No I dont believe so. I have flew first class once on an AA F100 DFW-CLE. Survice and lunch ruled. Seated behind me was a family with a baby. (it slept the whole flight)
 
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To Kottan

Fri Jul 28, 2000 11:07 am

Happiness is a warm gun, and everybody's got something to hide except for me and my monkey !

And anyways, that would be like wrong to not let minors fly in first class. If someone pays for it, why not? If anyone thinks that minors should not be allowed in first class, watch your back for a warm gun. :|


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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 1:01 pm

American has no age restrictions for revenue passengers - they wouldn't want to piss off wealthy travelers who happen to be parents! They do, however, restrict non-revenue travel in the premium cabins. Standbys must be 6 to fly domestic First Class and 12 to fly American Flagship or International Flagship service First or Business classes.
 
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 10:34 pm

I flew TWA B747 first class at the age of six and my youngest brother was 1 year old. I beleive Madonna's baby regularly travels on Concorde although there are probably no reduced child fares in First Class. Unnacompanied minors may not be allowed in First Class
 
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 11:20 pm

Unaccompanied minors are let into first class in NW and CO case, I was let into first class alot from the time I was five until I was 12. Also back in april I flew MCO-MSP and back on a DC-10 in first class, there were more children up there than there were adults. Must be a Disney World thing.
 
Jmc777
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RE: Minors In First Class

Fri Jul 28, 2000 11:44 pm

There is no laid down rule for not allowing children into either First or Club nowadays, however about 4 years ago it ws different, no infants were allowed into Club or First but it seems they have become politically correct.

Whilst I understand that if they have the money why should they be penalised, I was recently in charge of a flight where we had 22 full fare pax who were between the ages of 3 and 14 in Club world(only 28 seats on this config.) and the remaining 6 pax did nothing but whine and moan for the duration of the flight. My answer was simple, they have as much right to be there as any one else, and they behaved liked angels, polite and aware of the class they were travelling, unlike many of the Club World passengers I usually have!!

Happy flying -)
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RE: Minors In First Class

Sat Jul 29, 2000 12:21 am

I think you everybody are writing too much about it. Business, and First much more, are too expensive seats to remain unsold just because of age. Imagine one family of five members. One of them below 18, or 16 or whatever age has been suggested above. What are they gonna do? Travel all in economy because of the youngest relative? Or leave her/him alone at the economy coach?
Be serious:
If you want it, you pay for it.
If you pay for it, you get it.
That's all, folks...

Best turbulences
 
ILUV767
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RE: Minors In First Class

Sat Jul 29, 2000 3:47 pm

Thank you all for your comments!   What about for a non-revenue passenger? Are they allowed in F/C on international? I always fly on Stand By thanks to my parents   but never international     Will the airline let me in F/C on an overwater flight? I hope "yes" because if my name gets called and I meet the dress code for F/C (all employees have to follow a dress code) and if a seat is open, wouldn't they have to give it to me...unless I request economy!
 
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RE: Minors In First Class

Sat Jul 29, 2000 4:11 pm

They don't HAVE to give you anything - standby travel is a privlege, not a right. Most (all?) airlines charge more for First class travel on int'l flights, so they would probably actually give you coach unless you requested better. Whether you would be accomodated depends on the airline. As I said before, American requires stand-by passengers to be 12 years old to fly in First or Business on American Flagship Service and International Flagship Service flights, and 6 years old to fly first on other flights.