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Airlines Limit Flights For Unaccompanied Minors

(September 13, 2001)

The current air travel chaos has airlines rethinking their policies for transporting unaccompanied minors. These changes are necessary as a result of issues surrounding the reliability of flight schedules due to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization, security concerns, and operational constraints that make flight connections uncertain. The following airlines have made changes to their unaccompanied minor transportation policies:

Delta Air Lines: Delta said that it will accept travel for unaccompanied minors on nonstop flights only. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted for travel to destinations requiring connecting or through flights. All other rules covering travel by unaccompanied minors still apply. To view the standard rules, go to Delta's website for children traveling alone. For more information, contact Delta at 800-221-1212.

Continental Airlines: Continental has suspended all travel of unaccompanied minors until further notice. To view the standard rules, go to Continental's website for information on children traveling alone. For more information, contract Continental at 800-525-0280.

Northwest Airlines: Northwest has suspended all unaccompanied minor travel until at least September 17. To view the standard rules, go to Northwest's website for information on unaccompanied minor travel. For more information, contact Northwest at 800-225-2525.

US Airways: US Airways said it will only accept unaccompanied minors on nonstop flights. All rules covering travel by unaccompanied minors still apply. To view the standard rules, go to US Airways' website for information on minors traveling alone. For more information, contact US Airways at 800-428-4322.

United and American have stated that there are no changes to their current policies regarding unaccompanied minors. We will update this information if additional airlines change their unaccompanied minor policies.

In spite of the new FAA procedures that allowing only ticketed passengers in airport concourses, the FAA will allow parents to escort their ticketed children to the gate.

As a reminder, if you are flying, it is highly advisable to arrive at the airport at least two hours before scheduled departure in anticipation of delays from additional security measures.



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