It's been YEARS since they lost a kid, right?
May 30, 2010 4:35 PM Subscribe
What tips does the Hive Mind have for sending my 7-year old off as an unaccompanied minor on a cross-country airplane trip?
posted by QuantumMeruit to travel & transportation (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My 7-year old son is heading off to a special-needs camp across the country in a month. On the way there, he will be traveling with other families. On the return flight, he will be alone (after being dropped off at the airport / checked in).
The special needs are related to a rare skin disorder. My son is very mature compared to his peers, although he's a little quiet when in new situations. He is not shy about asking adults for help when he needs it, though.
I am a frequent traveler, and my son has been on four airline trips with us already (although it's been two years since his last one).
The flight he is booked on is a "direct" flight, in that it is a single flight number, but the flight stops in St. Louis. (My research shows that normally this flight is operated by the same equipment but my own experience on these kind of routings suggests that an equipment change / gate change is not out of the question.)
What should we do to prepare the 7-year old for flying on his own? We are giving him his own limited-use cell phone so we can stay in touch with him.
Bonus question: His extremely overprotective grandmother (my mother) thinks we're nuts to endanger our kid this way. :( What can we do to reassure her that our son is mature enough to handle the trip and that the airlines don't lose kids?