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Children Traveling By Air Alone

Nov 15, 2007
There has been great cause for concern recently due to the fact that many children are traveling alone on an aircraft. Due to work requirements or budget restrictions, parents are choosing to allow their children to go on short airline flights without the supervision of a family member. This is possible because most airlines offer escort services that will make sure that children change planes where they are supposed to.

Most parents are very cautious when making these air travel arrangements. They will often sit in the boarding area and try to make eye contact with other passengers who will be on the flight with the child. While the airline agrees to escort the child from one aircraft to another, they do not feel it is their responsibility to watch them while they are waiting for the next flight. They will place the children in a holding area and think that they will be just fine.

Some children do not take instructions very well and will often wander into bars, restrooms or stores in an airport. While these areas of the airport are considered safe because of the security monitoring that is in place, it is still a hazardous area for a small child to be placed in unsupervised. Some children are subject to many types of predators because it is clear that airport restrooms are not as safe as they used to be. Some parents often hire a nanny to go with children and this keeps them safe.

When children are traveling alone by air they are often equipped with identification tags that often match the baggage claim tickets that are placed on their luggage. Some children are given cellular telephones with their parent's number on it in the speed dial section. The child is not frightened about traveling by air because they may have received extra instructions from the parents. At times though, the child might present more maturity by stashing away cash that nobody knows about.

When children travel by air alone they are often considered the most precious cargo onboard the aircraft. They are likely to gain the favor of many travelers who are curious about why they are traveling alone. Some children travel by air alone quite often because of parental visitation opportunities and the other parent is waiting right outside the ramp where passengers disembark a flight. The airline escort ensures that nothing is left behind on the flight and will make sure that the child is released to the right person at the end of the airline flight journey.
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