Moderators: jsumali2, richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
Jkw777
Topic Author
Posts: 4427
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:15 pm

Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:12 am

I have been talking to a friend who happens to be a travel agent, she was telling me that under 18 y/o's need some kind of parental permission to fly.

My first question on this, is how is this to be presented to the airline?

Have any under 18 y/o's on here been asked for any kind of permission documentation when flying? Embarrassment

Best Regards all,

Thanks for comments and views,

JKW777  Big thumbs up
[email protected] or +447751242989
 
teahan
Posts: 4994
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 1999 11:18 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:16 am

Never heard anything of the sort. However French children under 16 need a letter from their parents/local mairie allowing them to leave the country.

Jeremiah
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
 
Unique
Posts: 1621
Joined: Fri Mar 14, 2003 12:48 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:19 am

It's rather for under 16 years old as they are considered to be Unaccompanied Minors. It's some sort of a "receipt" you get when "delivering" the young passenger to the airline and getting it back at the destination.
 
teahan
Posts: 4994
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 1999 11:18 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 12:32 am

Unique,

Anyone over 12 actually does not have to travel as an Unaccompanied Minor (in fact some airlines don't offer it at all after that age).

Jeremiah
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
 
Jkw777
Topic Author
Posts: 4427
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:15 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:30 am

She was telling me complete bull then!  Angry

I recall watching 'Airline' or 'Airport' one time and a boy of 11 I think was, he got refused travel with 'Go' by himself, but before EasyJet took them over their policy was that any age could go unaccompanied!

Imagine that!  Nuts

[Edited 2003-10-04 18:42:55]
[email protected] or +447751242989
 
DFWLandingPath
Posts: 208
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2001 12:17 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:35 am

I think that Unique is right, the rule is 16. I'm 17 and flew DFW-CDG-LHR-IAD/DCA-YUL-CDG-MAN-LHR/LGW-DFW alone with no problems what so ever.

Cheers,
DFWLandingPath
 
AirT85
Posts: 1241
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 1999 12:36 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:39 am

Most US majors end required unaccompanied minor status at 12. I've been flying by myself for most of my life and once I hit 12 I was no longer an unaccompanied minor when travelling.

Tony
Why would God make us all so different, if He wanted us to be the same?
 
elwood64151
Posts: 2410
Joined: Fri Feb 08, 2002 10:22 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 1:45 am

AirT85 is right.

Every airline I've worked for or dealt with has always been 12. Not only do you see a lot of 13-17 year olds traveling alone, they often travel with their "significant others". No wonder we have a such a problem with teen pregnancy in this country.

A lot of high-school trips in different parts of the country only cover the actual event. Getting there is the responsibility of the student. Obviously, not every parent can go. A lot of kids have to travel alone.
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
 
airsicknessbag
Posts: 4626
Joined: Thu Aug 17, 2000 2:45 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 2:00 am

Remember that in most legal systems under-age persons can´t enter a legally binding contract without parents´ permission.

In Germany, there´s a case about a 17 year old who sneaked onboard an plane flying from Germany to the US. The implications are so complicated that this case has become standard learning materiel for every German law student...

Daniel Smile
 
emiratesa345
Posts: 2049
Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:11 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 3:01 am

I am 17.

I just flew YYZ-JFK on British Airways Concorde.  Laugh out loud I had absolutely no problems.

In the past, I flew when I was 14 and 15, and had no problems then either. I have never flown as an UM.

EmiratesA345 Smile/happy/getting dizzy
You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
 
SPLOBKrakow
Posts: 105
Joined: Wed Sep 03, 2003 9:41 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 3:14 am

I was flying by my self since I was about 13 years old. Never had to have any letter of permission from my parents. I guess they assume that since someone got you the ticket they must know you are flying and they have nothing against that. I know that the kids under 12 years of age have to be accompanied by a F/A at all times. They usually are the first to get on the plane and the last to get off.



Take Care

SPLOBKrakow
 
Guest

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 10:37 am

I believe what she may have been talking about was a NOTARIZED LETTER. This is often an entrance requirement when travelling to some foreign countries if you are under the age of 18 and not travelling with one or both parents. The airline is required to ensure you have it. If you are interested in what a notarized letter should look like, or which countries require one you can refer to www.voyage.gc.ca This lists all the entrance requirements for Canadians into different countries. The reasons for this letter is to help prevent child abductions, and other such related things.
 
TWAalltheway
Posts: 142
Joined: Mon Jul 30, 2001 11:17 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 10:51 am

Just turned 18. Flown twice before without my parents, and was never asked for any parental permission. Both on AA.

TWAalltheway
 
atrude777
Posts: 4417
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2003 11:23 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 11:27 am

Yeah..

I flew by myself on Southwest when I was 14, and by myself on AA when I was 16 and no document or ebhing stopped ever came up etc etc.

Alex.
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
 
jhooper
Posts: 5561
Joined: Thu Dec 13, 2001 8:27 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 3:45 pm

I suppose that if your trip is charged to your parents credit card, the airline assumes permission is granted. But yea, if you're leaving the country, definitely get a notarized letter (both parents must sign). My parents sent me out of the country with one; the letter designated that my friend's parents could obtain medical care for me, etc. Domestically I was never asked for any kind of proof that my parents had any kind of knowledge or consent to my traveling (after age 12).
Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
 
PER744
Posts: 394
Joined: Sun Mar 09, 2003 11:38 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 6:25 pm

The notarised letter is not a very big deal over about 15. I travelled to the US and Canada when I was 17. I had notarised letters from my parents assigning legal guardianship, but never had to present them at any point in time.
 
pilot727aa
Posts: 132
Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2003 5:12 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Sun Oct 05, 2003 11:47 pm

I traveled to SYD from DFW and they never once asked me for anything from my parents. I was 17 at the time. - Brady
 
Guest

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Mon Oct 06, 2003 5:46 am

A notarized letter is not an entrance requirement for ALL countries, however some countries do. Mexico and Cuba particularly come to mind, as destinations which need this. However even if travelling just between US and Canada for example, it is always a good idea to have one.
 
IFLYMCO
Posts: 475
Joined: Fri Sep 12, 2003 5:17 am

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Mon Oct 06, 2003 6:14 am

I flew MCO-IAD-LHR-IAD-MCO when I was 15 no problem whatsoever. I checked in at MCO and LHR alone as well, nobody ever said anything..


Have a great day!  Smile
Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
 
Jkw777
Topic Author
Posts: 4427
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:15 pm

RE: Parental Permission For Under 18 Y/o's?!

Mon Oct 06, 2003 6:16 am

I still think I will get a letter, just to be safe!  Big thumbs up
[email protected] or +447751242989

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos