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mckennasmall
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Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:25 am

The first time I flew by myself was at the age 13. By myself, no UM just me going to airport check in by my self and go through security by myself and board the plane by myself. I travel as a non-rev so we had different rules than normal people. But to everyone when was the first time you flew by yourself to any destination with no friends, parents just yourself and how did u like it.


Cheers Mike
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:30 am

I was 13 as well, flew DL, SAN-SLC to visit family. Direct flight, but awsome to be alone none the less  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
GC
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:31 am

I was 11. Flew from Manchester to Dusseldorf on BA in 1984.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:38 am

I was 13. I was living in The Netherlands at the time and I was going to visit Grandma in Aruba. I flew AMS-AUA on KLM on a DC-10. That's when I "fell in love" with KL  Love and 5 years later I started to work for them.

GlobeTrekker
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:39 am

I travelled alone when I was 5-11 years old flying from DCA to DFW and to PHX a lot on American Airlines. Course, I was flying as a UM. Good thing as a UM, is that you are the first to board and sometimes, the flight attendant will let you fly first class with a coach ticket. This was the days when my father was in the U.S. Army travelling to different countries every week and I had to stay with my mom when my father was gone.

I was like 16 years old when I flew non-rev by myself to visit a friend in Savannah, GA.

Kevin
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:42 am

I was 15. I fly MDW-MCI-ABQ-TUS-ABQ-MCI-MDW on Southwest. I actually felt like I was a big shot because I changed planes in MCI by myself! haha Good times.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:56 am

I was also thirteen. I was flying from Chicago to Huntsville, AL to attend Aviation Challenge which is just down the road and the aviation version of Space Camp. Anyway, it was on Delta and the flight from Chicago to Atlanta was on a 767. The landing in Atlanta was..well...less than smooth to put it politely. Two overhead bins near me popped open and after turning off the runway a woman sitting in the middle row said to the man next to her, "Wow, that was really bad, I thought we were all going to die." (yah, she really did say that.) Then the flight from Atlanta to Huntsville was on an MD-80 and uneventful. After a week of aviation filled fun it was time to come home. The flight from Huntsville to Atlanta was again on an MD-80 but we arrived about a half hour late. This made me have to run to catch my flight to Chicago. I didn't want to miss the plane because it was an L-1011. I was the last person in line to board and that's when the problems started. When my dad made the reservations, he figured that I had had enough exposure to airports to be able to find my way around. So, he requested that I not be listed as an unattended minor even though I was under 16. Anyway, the CSA saw me and asked how old I was. I responded 13 ma'am. This proved to be a really bad answer. She became concerned that I had escaped from my escort and would not allow me to board until she could sort things out. Despite my efforts to try to tell her that I WAS an unattended minor, she just kept making phone calls. After about fifteen minutes she decided to let me board. Man, I was barely even through the door of the airplane and they were already closing it behind me.

[Edited 2004-01-07 01:56:44]
 
bwc1976
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:56 am

I was kind of a late bloomer... My first flight by myself was a Northwest DC-9 from MSP to DFW when I was 21.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:01 am

Connecting after a trip from SYD to LAX conneting to MIA. Went to the AA terminal is was great when with my family i would get to the gate like 45 minutes before departure. I had a good 2 1/2 to walk around take pics. Beutiful terminal they have there to in LAX for AA. Then got on my 777! and went back home. Then i walked around concourse E in MIA for a little while looking at all the South American Flights for AA.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:11 am

i was 13..got bumped in amarillo but knew the station manager..
proceeded to demand the agent at the gate call the station
manager at home..she called, he came and took me to dinner...
and i was in first class going home...my dad still gives me a hard
time about that one.....
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:16 am

Well I was 5 years old and flew VivaAir, charter ariline wich does not exist anymore from AGP-DUB !
Then on my way back DUB-AGP I flew Virgin !! not Virgin Atlantic, just Virgin, seems strange but true, does anybody know if Virgin in 1991 had european flights or something like that??? One thing I know for sure that on the tail it said "Virgin" and had nearly the same colours as now has Virgin Atlantic...

After that, I flew on my own every now and again without a problem!

Dani
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:20 am

I was 9, and flew back from Paris to New York (might have been Newark) on Air France. I didn't much appreciate my parents doing that to me. I got stuck in one of those supposed window seats on the 747-200 that didn't have a window, and I felt really cheated. And bored. They took me to see the flight deck, but it was more of a "here, look at all the dials and buttons, wow, ok, back to your seat" kind of thing. Maybe that's when my irritation with Air France started....


First post on Airliners!!
 
mckennasmall
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:33 am

Well I have flown 35 times by myself since I was 13 and I am now 16. My dad has 30 years with airline so I usually get Biz class 50% of the time I travel by myself. I have done pek-yvr, yvr-lhr,yyz-yvr and syd-yvr all in Biz class either with myself or my younger brother.

My brother who is 13, last year did his first solo flight from lhr-yvr, well the gate agent said he was supposed to be 13 and he was only 12 to fly by himself well the lady called two bobbies( for people who are not use to British it means cops) sit beside they had thought he was running away from his parents. That whole ordeal made the flight 15 minutes late.

I have never traveled as UM so I wonder it must be like.
 
Mir
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:36 am

Lucky you, I have always been in economy. I now fly a lot by myself, and transatlantic crossings have become routine.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:56 am

I was 13. I flew from Washington D.C. to Phoenix via DFW on American Airlines. I took off from IAD.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:07 am

I was 14. I flew from YYZ-PRG to visit my grand parents in Poland.

My first trip by myself was this past October when I flew the Concorde YYZ-JFK. I spent the night and then the next day in Manhattan. I then hopped on a shuttle to EWR and flew home on Jetsgo. Once arriving in Toronto, I then hopped on the bus, took it to the parking lot, retrieved the car, and then began the one hour trip home.

I am 17.

EmiratesA345 Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:08 am

13 YLW-YVR-YXY, non-rev style. YLW-YVR was freakin perfect. YVR-YXY flt was cancelled, next flt too full and next flt delayed a while. I left my grammas at 5 am and got home shorty after midnight. The following summer i did the same thing, only left my grammas at 5am and was home by 10am.


CanadianNorth
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 7:55 pm

I did not fly by myself until I was 17 - quite late on I know. I flew out to the Canary Islands for the second week of my parents two week stay in Lanzarote.

It was on Air 2000's A320-200 G-OOAA from NCL-ACE in September 1996.

I can still remember all the families staring at what seemed to be an oddity (me on my own) waiting to board at the gate. It gave you an air of mystery though, why is he going on his own, wonder what he is doing etc. I fly so much on my own now though I never think like that.

On the way home a week later we had a tech delay to our flight and we were last off the island before it shut in the nick of time - rescued by a Ireland based AMM 757. The Irish Crew were really pissed at being stuck in NCL for a night.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:44 pm

Age 16. First solo in a Piper Tomahawk.

Jeff

 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:57 pm

I was 14, travelling CGN-AMS-LIS-OPO-AMS on Eurowings, KLM and Transavia Airlines on the way back.
My first intercontinental solo flight I had with 15 on the route FRA-JNB on LH (still my worst long-haul flight compared to the others).
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:10 pm

I was 7.

Braathens Malmö Aviation between Stockholm and Gothenburg.

johan
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:20 pm

Hi,

Mine is in a 2 weeks Embarrassment LGW-MAN-LGW with BA.

I wouldn't risk doing anything bigger on my own just yet as I would probably get on the wrong flight Big grin

Regards,

Justin  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:23 pm

My first solo flight was from BOS-ZRH-ARN in Dec 1994 when I was 10. I was with my Aunt and Uncle for a week by their house in Boston. I flew there with a cousin that lived in Sweden, but I had to leave alone after 4 days because my grandfather had passed away on the same day.

It was a SR 743 and I was booked in first class, as the rest of the plane was fully booked. I was the only in first class, which made the boarding procedure quite funny because everybody else had goten into a line to be let onboard, but when they requested first class to board first, everybodys face dropped when they saw that the only one in first class was a 10 year old kid.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:36 pm

I flew back home last summer to visit friends and family...
GVA-LHR-YVR
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:37 pm

I flew by myself when I was 11yrs old on an Air Canada B747 YVR-LHR in July 1977 - It was that trip that gave me an interest in commercial aviation and the desire to become a flight attendant.

I remember all of us UNMINs having a special white neck pouch with name and flight number to wear (which I still have to this day, with the tickets and boarding cards). We were all looked after by a designated crew member who gave us replica AC pilot wings, plus a trip to the flight deck each. WOW!

So I guess I was really lucky as an 11 yr old today will probably not get such good treatment.

Thanks Air Canada!
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 10:43 pm

My 'first time' (sounds kinda sad,  Big grin), was back in 1999 I think.. Flying BRS-AMS on a KLM Fokker 50.. I've done the journey so many times its just part of a regular routine, so it wasn't much of a problem.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:06 pm

15, DLA-LHR with a plane change in GVA.

First time with no-one to meet me, going to a completely new place: LHR-ROA with a plane change in IAD. I was 18.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:16 pm

Hahaha I was 18  Smile

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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:17 pm

Mine will be in the summer, when I'll go to Bonaire. I'm going WITHOUT my parents, but WITH my brother.

Kas.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:20 pm

I was 15 when I flew alone. My first time non-revving, too. I was on the first flight SJU-JFK on AA. I flew on Business Class and I had to be completely dressed up (I hated that!). But the service was super awesome and loved it so much.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Wed Jan 07, 2004 11:21 pm

I was 14, and flew EYW-MCO-RDU on Delta/Delta Express to visit a friend, and then, flew RDU-BUF on Midway when that little trip was over to meet back up with my family.

CVG777
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:05 am

A bit of a late bloomer myself, first time flying alone I was 25 and flying from GSO to MCO and back the same day on Eastwind 737... Job interview (didn't get the job).

Had nearly the whole plane to myself. Only about 25-30 people on the flight down. Slightly more full coming back to GSO.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 12:13 am

I was 9. UA DC-10 & 737-200 DTW-SFO-EUG-SFO-DTW

It was great on that UA DC-10 nonstop to SFO from DTW in those days.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:15 am

I was 16  Smile

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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:18 am

I was 14, CAG-LHR, pretty scary going through a small Italian airport, where no one spoke any English and hardly any signs around, still, I got home  Smile And the BD crew were really kind and helpful.

LHR340
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 2:22 am

I flew in august VS3/4 LHR-JFK-LHR by myself. I was 12 but was escorted by Virgin staff. I wish I could have done it by myself. I know what to do.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 3:55 am

I was 13 y/o, SFO-HEL-ARN, Finnair's MD11....it was the best....
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 4:28 am

I went away to boarding school when I was 14, so I flew home for vacations, etc. by myself quite a bit from then on.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 6:23 am

My first airline flight was a solo at 11.
I flew with several other minors on a Pan Am flight on a 707 or Dc8 not sure which it was from KIN to JFK.
I have been a airline fanatic ever since that day!
ahem.. Hence the name  Smile
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 6:24 am

I'm 34 and fly by myself all the time, it's extremely boring on longhaul without IFE
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 8:26 am

It was on Dec 7 last year, I was 16 and flew the infamous COS-DFW and back on the smae day, I was at DFW for like 3 hours.
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 10:49 pm

13 year-old, as UM on the international legs:

CGH-GIG-MIA-IAH-PSP...ONT-SLC-ORD-LGA...JFK-GIG-CGH
 
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RE: Flying By Yourself

Thu Jan 08, 2004 11:13 pm

I was 16. Flew VIE-FRA-BKK-SYD v.v. on LH (LH operated the route FRA-SYD themselves at that time) in Business.

On my way back after boarding the plane again in BKK (everyone had to get off) my toiletery kit was missing and I requested a new one from the flight attendent who was rather uncooperative. Since it as a non-rev flight I shut up, but I thought as a revenue customer I'd give her a piece of my mind.  Smile

Nick

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