Unaccompanied minors

Old Dec 3, 17, 11:33 am
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Unaccompanied minors

Does anyone know what policies might have existed for sending a four year old from New York to the London in 1960?

How might you have gone about doing this?
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Old Dec 3, 17, 12:35 pm
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Does anyone know what policies might have existed for sending a four year old from New York to the London in 1960?

How might you have gone about doing this?
Wasn't around in 1960, but can say for certain a 4 year old would not have been allowed to travel unaccompanied. The word "nanny" comes to mind as your solution.
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Old Dec 3, 17, 12:57 pm
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I flew alone from LAX-IAD when I was 5, but that was in 1976. My parents just put me on the plane in LA and my grandparents met me in Washington.
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Wasn't around in 1960, but can say for certain a 4 year old would not have been allowed to travel unaccompanied. The word "nanny" comes to mind as your solution.
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Thanks for that. My father is writing a novel, unfortunately he is IT illiterate and I have become his researcher!
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In the 1950s and 1960s, some airline FAs were available to act as the accompanying adult companion of UAMs on international flights to transport the UAMs to other relatives. Not everyone able to afford an international flight ticket for a child could afford to have and fly a nanny then. I don’t know if there was an age cut-off, but some c. 5-6 year olds did get sent internationally by air then without any relatives on the flight at least sometimes.
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In the 1950s and 1960s, some airline FAs were available to act as the accompanying adult companion of UAMs on international flights to transport the UAMs to other relatives. Not everyone able to afford an international flight ticket for a child could afford to have and fly a nanny then. I donít know if there was an age cut-off, but some c. 5-6 year olds did get sent internationally by air then without any relatives on the flight at least sometimes.
5 was the minimum age.
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5 was the minimum age.
Across all carriers during all of the 1950s and into the early 1960s?
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Across all carriers during all of the 1950s and into the early 1960s?
I can't speak for every single carrier on every route, but for major U.S. carriers, all the data I've seen lists 5 as the minimum age since the concept of unaccompanied minors originated. I have a TWA schedule from the late '60's around here somewhere, it lists 5 as the minimum.

If you think about child development, it's hard to imagine a child under 5 being capable of handling the trip with only casual FA assistance.
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I can't speak for every single carrier on every route, but for major U.S. carriers, all the data I've seen lists 5 as the minimum age since the concept of unaccompanied minors originated. I have a TWA schedule from the late '60's around here somewhere, it lists 5 as the minimum.

If you think about child development, it's hard to imagine a child under 5 being capable of handling the trip with only casual FA assistance.
In the early 1960s for international travel, it wasnít all that casual FA assistance for those c. 5-6 year old unaccompanied minors on the planes for US-UK travel.

In some parts of what were the British colonial world in parts of the 20th century, it wasnít unheard of for children of 4 years of age to be sent to school just like the 5-6 year olds. And perhaps some boarding schools even had admissions for a lower kindergarten boarding program starting at 4 years of age.
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In the early 1960s for international travel, it wasn’t all that casual FA assistance for those c. 5-6 year old unaccompanied minors on the planes for US-UK travel.
Are you claiming personal knowledge of that? Do you have kids? Have you had much first hand, extended experience of providing direct care to little kids, especially in an unfamiliar situation or when the child doesn't know you?

Unless there was a ratio of of no more than 2 kids under 5 to 1 FA who had other duties as well, it was casual assistance. Most 4 year olds would need adult directed entertainment, periodic reinforcement of what to do and not to do, help finding the bathroom, help in the bathroom, hell, some 4 year olds still weren't potty trained. Assistance with the meal, from removing the foil covers that came on food back then to cutting up their meat and buttering their bread. A bedtime story on a night flight, help arranging the blanket and pillow. Protection from being trampled in the rush to exit the plane, and yes, people pushed just as hard to get off the flight in the '60's as they do know, the only difference being they had far fewer carry-ons back then.

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In some parts of what were the British colonial world in parts of the 20th century, it wasn’t unheard of for children of 4 years of age to be sent to school just like the 5-6 year olds.
It's called preschool, it dates back to the industrial revolution and it exists in lots of countries, not just British colonies.

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And perhaps some boarding schools even had admissions for a lower kindergarten boarding program starting at 4 years of age.
Boarding school for 4 years olds in the 1950's? Can you actually substantiate that? And does it have to do with the OP's question?
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Are you claiming personal knowledge of that? Do you have kids? Have you had much first hand, extended experience of providing direct care to little kids, especially in an unfamiliar situation or when the child doesn't know you?

Unless there was a ratio of of no more than 2 kids under 5 to 1 FA who had other duties as well, it was casual assistance. Most 4 year olds would need adult directed entertainment, periodic reinforcement of what to do and not to do, help finding the bathroom, help in the bathroom, hell, some 4 year olds still weren't potty trained. Assistance with the meal, from removing the foil covers that came on food back then to cutting up their meat and buttering their bread. A bedtime story on a night flight, help arranging the blanket and pillow. Protection from being trampled in the rush to exit the plane, and yes, people pushed just as hard to get off the flight in the '60's as they do know, the only difference being they had far fewer carry-ons back then.

It's called preschool, it dates back to the industrial revolution and it exists in lots of countries, not just British colonies.



Boarding school for 4 years olds in the 1950's? Can you actually substantiate that? And does it have to do with the OP's question?
In the 1950s it was way more of a given (than today) that four year olds were fully potty-trained. Even most three year olds.

Boarding schools, sometimes inclusive of a limited set of day schoolers, with what the Brits then sometimes called “lower KG” in some parts of the world, are not what I as an American would call a preschool. Even when the schools had 4 year olds in class.

If kids at age 4 were considered sufficiently capable to go to school at 4 years of age (without diapers) in various parts of the world, and perhaps even be boarding students, then the idea of such children being flown with just FA as the delegated companion to a child shouldn’t be considered as globally unlikely as some may believe.
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Old Dec 11, 17, 2:29 am
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