Find out more about children travelling alone on ba.com. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The unaccompanied minor service fee is $150 (plus tax) each way. This was OK when we thought I would only Children under the age of 5 years old are not accepted for the Unaccompanied Minors service. British Airways has stopped taking reservations for unaccompanied minors under the age of 12. The minimum age at which a child can travel alone has been increased from 12 to 14 years. The British Airways release to the travel industry opens with the headline that the Unaccompanied Minor service is to end on 31 January 2017….but that’s only for existing bookings. Thai Airways will charge a service fee of USD 60 per each Unaccompanied Minor between 5 and 17 years old, per international flight. British Airways is ending its unaccompanied minor (UM) service – meaning that children under 12 years of age won’t be allowed to travel alone on the carrier’s planes from early next year. We’ll board your child early so they can meet the flight crew and learn about the plane’s saf… British Airways operates far more non-stop long-haul services from the UK than any other airline, so the move is likely to hit thousands of families. In line with existing policy, the airline will continue to take bookings for 12 to 18 year-olds who wish to fly independently. However, anyone with personal experience with gate agents who might lend a hand getting my daughter from T5 to T3? British Airways has flown generations of solo children around the world, with “flying nannies” looking after under-12s travelling alone. Unaccompanied children (UMNR) bmi is pleased to provide an UMNR service for children aged 5 to 11 years. How will I know that my child has arrived at the destination? Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Our unaccompanied minor service is to ensure your child is boarded onto the aircraft, introduced to the flight attendant, chaperoned during connections and released to the appropriate person at their destination. Children under the age of … Are you sure you want to delete this comment? If a child has been disruptive, the parent or guardian collecting the child on arrival will be informed that the child misbehaved during the flight and their future travel with us will be reviewed by BA Security. As the journey to the gate crosses the Swiss Border, a passport is required for all customers going to the gate. As part of our commitment to child safeguarding, from 1 May 2018, the minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways has increased from 12 to 14 years of age. As part of our commitment to child safeguarding, from 1 May 2018, the minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways has increased from 12 to 14 years of age. British Airways | Executive Club - Unaccompanied minors & Avios - no go? British Airways has flown generations of solo children around the world, with “flying nannies” looking after under-12s travelling alone. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. On British Airways flights and IB26XX flights operated by Iberia for LEVEL, all minors under the age of 14 must be accompanied by someone who is aged 16 or over. Call Kenya Airways at +254 20 3274747 for more information. Until this week, the airline charged $125 (£90) for what it called its Skyflyer Solo service on a European or domestic flight, and $150 (£108) for a long-haul trip, on top of the fare. How do I book this service. They are required to hold their own passport together along with a Dichiarazione di Affido signed by both parents which can be obtained from the local police (Questura), excluding airport police offices. On American Airlines IB4XXX and IB7XXX flights minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by someone who is aged 18 or over. Any solo child, under the age of 15 years will be cancelled by American Airlines, unless the correct TCP elements have been included in the PNR. Click here to view the Kenya Airways unaccompanied minors form. SwitzerlandThere is no unaccompanied minor lounge in Geneva, so parents or guardians must accompany children under 18 to the aircraft gate. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. BA’s spokeswoman said: “We have concluded with regret that we can no longer offer this service.”. British Airways has introduced two important policies regarding unaccompanied minors from 1 May 2018. If the young flyer is accompanied by someone who is aged 16 or over (on the same or a linked booking), British Airways will still allow them to travel. The unaccompanied minor service fee is $150 plus tax each way. An adult must take the child to the departure gate and stay until the flight is airborne. Some of British Airways’ taxi and hotel providers require formal, written consent in order for young flyer(s) to use their services and/or stay unaccompanied in the hotel. For the purpose of fares, any traveller between the ages of 12-16 is considered an adult; therefore, no special handling is required unless requested by the parent. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The young flyer must ensure they bring the form with them and carry it at all times during their trip. 3. I suggested to my daughter that she sprain her ankle the night before so that BA would be required to A Dichiarazione di Affido can also be issued by the Italian Embassy or consulate. This policy applies to bmi operated flights with a BD prime flight code and number. Almost always we were taken onto the flight deck. Some countries require children who are travelling without their parents or guardians to present additional documentation. Disruptive behaviour, either on the ground or onboard, conflicts with us being a safe and secure airline and may also endanger the child or passengers around them. An adult must take the child to the departure gate and stay until the flight is airborne. 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The minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways is 14 years of age (except on flights operated by SUN-AIR of Scandinavia). But in BA’s latest move to cut costs, the airline … 3. British Airways Unaccompanied Minors Policy The minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways is 14 years of age. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. This includes young passengers aged between 12 and 18 registered as unaccompanied minors. BA’s own subsidiary, OpenSkies, allows Unaccompanied Minors But in an ironic twist, BA’s own subsidiary, OpenSkies, does allow children aged between six and 12 to fly as UMs under the Solo Flyer program for a £150 fee. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 2. MexicoMexican Migration Authorities require that children travelling alone must: For more information, visit the National Institute of Migration website. Frequently asked questions regarding children travelling alone on Qatar Airways. We’ll board your child early so they can meet the flight crew and learn about the plane’s saf… Instead, BA told passengers with children booked to fly as UMs that, while existing tickets will be honoured, no new bookings will be accepted. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. UMNR must not be booked on BA*AA. A Young Passenger is classified as a child who is between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. 2 or more unaccompanied minors from the same family, traveling on the same flights, will only be charged … Travelling to and from Algeria, Libya, The Russian Federation, Saudi ArabiaA maximum of 14 unaccompanied minors will be permitted per flight on these routes, as Skyflyer in-flight escorts are not available. Of the five-to-11-year-olds who currently fly with BA, more than 98 per cent are accompanied by an adult. Sometimes we were allowed to help distribute meal trays. A child travelling on their own under the age of 15 years, must be booked as UMNR for any flight operated by American Airlines. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. But in BA’s latest move to cut costs, the airline is ending its “Unaccompanied Minor” (UM) service - angering parents who face flying thousands of miles to pick up or deliver their offspring. The service is mandatory for children ages 5-11 traveling without an adult who is at least 16 years old. Take the following documents to the airport migration office: SAM online form, birth certificate, copy of minor's passport, identification of the adult/guardian/parent, The documents above will be sealed by migration office and should be given to the British Airways counter at least 3 hours before departure. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. British Airways Unaccompanied Minor Rules Overview. Where relevant you will see special offers and other local information appropriate to the country that you select as your home country. My wife came to help me out and brought two of our kids. British Airways will end its service for under 12 year olds - Unaccompanied Minors - from next February Image by Russell Lee Photography / CC BY-SA 2.0 Parents or guardians should therefore be advised to have their passport with them or the unaccompanied minor will not be accepted for travel. Air Canada Alaska Airlines American Airlines British Airways Delta Air Lines Frontier Airlines Hawaiian Airlines Icelandair JetBlue Norwegian Air Porter Airlines Southwest Airlines Spirit Airlines United Airlines Virgin America WestJet Wow Air All flights must be booked on AA prime and American Airlines will not accept UMNR on interline journeys. This led to accusations that the airline considered men to be potential paedophiles and women to be incapable of such abuse. Parents/guardians will need to download, print and complete the form prior to travel. British Airways is to end its 'unaccompanied minor' service after a decline in the number of children flying without an adult. British Airways have put into effect a new policy that sets the minimum age for unaccompanied minors travelling alone at 16-years-old - this came into effect for all bookings made from May 1, 2018. Full contact details for the parent or guardian will be taken and a report detailing the incident will be completed. A London travel agent, Hillgate, tweeted: “Terrible news - British Airways no longer accept a child under 12 travelling alone.” It urged parents to use Virgin Atlantic where possible, since BA’s rival is continuing its “UM” service. This applies to all new bookings made from this date. The airline has not publicised the move widely. If an adult and child are travelling on separate PNRs, the bookings should be TCP linked. In addition, all children under the age of 16 travelling alone will require a consent from from their parent / guardian. So a round trip will cost you $300 in service fees plus the remaining tax (plus the amount of your airline ticket). British Airways will honour all bookings that have already been made for unaccompanied minors, but new bookings will cease from today (Wednesday February 24, 2016). In addition, all customers under 16 and travelling alone from 1 May 2018 (including for bookings made prior to this date) should complete a parental/guardian consent form prior to travel. Our 10 year old asked to stay so he could still go to school. For passengers between the ages of 12 and 17 years, the Openskies Solo Flyer service is optional. My daughter has flown out several times to join me when I've been working in Cuba.”, But Jamie Bowden sounded a warning about long-term prospects for the concept: “British Airways have long had a link to UM travel, but I suspect now they have made this decision, it will not be long before other carriers follow suit.”. Fine. 2. Unaccompanied minors . Since the younger one cannot travel alone, I called BA to book them as … British Airways has said: We will honour all bookings that have already been made for unaccompanied minors, but new bookings will cease from 24 February 2016. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. However, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.”, A spokeswoman for BA told The Independent: “Despite the overall growth in our customer numbers over the last decade, demand for our unaccompanied minor service has declined by two thirds, falling by 21 per cent in the last year.”. The parent or guardian will be notified by letter if the child is banned from flying unaccompanied until their 16th birthday. If there are two or more unaccompanied minors from the same family then you only have to pay the $150 service fee one time. We had logbooks which the Captain would fill in and sign on each flight, and every time you notched up another 25,000 miles the airline sent you a very elegant certificate.”, Jamie Bowden, a former BA Customer Service Manager at Heathrow, said the demise was predictable: “There are no longer the huge numbers of UMs flying between London and the traditional ‘expat’ communities such as Hong Kong, Kenya or the Caribbean that there used to be 30-40 years ago. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. This applies to all new bookings made from this date. This applies to all new bookings made from this date. She recalls: “I flew regularly between London and the Caribbean with my younger brother and a crowd of other children on BA flights. If a younger minor is accompanied by … For a smooth departure: 1. British Airways | Executive Club - Unaccompanied minor child - BA discontinued service last year. This ban does not prohibit the child from travelling when accompanied by an adult. If they have divorced parents, a copy of the final divorce decree must accompany the letter of authorisation. Some incidents have led to children being banned from flying with us unaccompanied. British Airways. Due to a decline in demand, we no longer operate an unaccompanied minor (Skyflyer Solo) service for flights operated by British Airways and BA CityFlyer. RomaniaRomanian nationals under 18 years of age must carry a letter of authorisation from both parents and must be booked as an unaccompanied minor if they are travelling on their own. Offering a discrete service is no longer viable.”, Juliet Barclay is now a parent, and uses Virgin Atlantic’s UM service: “It’s terrific. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? The writer and historian, Juliet Barclay, was a UM as a child. We will continue to permit children under the age of 14 to travel accompanied (with someone aged 16 or older on the same or a TCP linked booking) and bookings … All young flyers aged under 16 and travelling alone must complete a parental/guardian consent form before travel, … Here’s the latest announcement from BA: As part of British Airways’ commitment to child safeguarding, from 1 May 2018, the minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways will increase from 12 to 14 years of age. We will continue to permit children under the age of 14 to travel accompanied (with someone aged 16 or older on the same or a TCP linked booking) and bookings made prior to this date will be unaffected. South AfricaFor detailed information please visit the Home Affairs SA website. Children under 5 years of age are not allowed to travel unless accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old. 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