15 Year Old Flying by Himself

Old Jul 23, 12, 2:49 pm
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Check the sleeping in airports website. Some airports close for the night or close the airside areas. Others might not permit overnight sleeping. Being arrested would not be good.
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Old Jul 24, 12, 3:14 pm
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How much does it cost to have UA provide escort etc. for an unaccompanied minor?

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Old Jul 24, 12, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by amolkold View Post
Get him a cell phone, an authorized user credit card (that earns miles ), and track his flights from home. He should be alright.
Yeah, you never can anticipate what might come up, and a credit card is pretty essential. I carried a copy of my parents' card throughout my teenage years, with the understanding that it better be a real emergency if I used it. (I think emergency protocol was only triggered once, when my dad needed me to pick up a present for my mom, on short recollection.)
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Old Jul 24, 12, 3:34 pm
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Originally Posted by UAL250 View Post
He will have his military ID just in case.
If I missed this in previous comments, my apologies. But how does a 15 year old have a military ID?
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Old Jul 24, 12, 3:44 pm
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I was in the Navy for 27 years and so my wife and my son get military ID's (my son only gets it until he's 18).
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Old Jul 24, 12, 3:58 pm
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Originally Posted by LarkSFO View Post
How much does it cost to have UA provide escort etc. for an unaccompanied minor?

Thanks,

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http://www.united.com/web/en-US/cont...nors/fees.aspx

Looks like adult fare + 99.00

BTW, I know people who have done the same for elderly parents who are early-stage dementia, to ensure a comfortable travel experience. The actual process doesn't have to be confined to minors.
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Old Jul 24, 12, 4:01 pm
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USO facility in Terminal 1 at SFO

The is a good USO facility in Terminal 1 at SFO. They have cots, snacks, computer access, TV, etc. Open 24 h. Available to all military personnel and their dependents.

Access via the elevators located behind the Delta Airlines ticket counter. Location: Terminal 1, Mezzanine Level, pre-security. Open 24/7.
Tel: 650-821-7613
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Old Jul 24, 12, 4:31 pm
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Old Jul 24, 12, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by camachinist View Post
http://www.united.com/web/en-US/cont...nors/fees.aspx

Looks like adult fare + 99.00

BTW, I know people who have done the same for elderly parents who are early-stage dementia, to ensure a comfortable travel experience. The actual process doesn't have to be confined to minors.
Thanks camachinist (are you really a CAM Machinist? Not many of those left in the USA...).

$99 seems like a no brainer to me, and I will be paying this fee for two upcoming trips where no parental guidance will be involved... I am calling UA shortly, and will report back here if any additional useful info.

I sat next to a UM not that long ago. They were hungry, but did not have a credit card. So I bought the snack box for them.
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Old Jul 24, 12, 9:57 pm
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Originally Posted by LarkSFO View Post
I sat next to a UM not that long ago. They were hungry, but did not have a credit card. So I bought the snack box for them.
That was very kind of you.

If it doesn't already, the UM fee should really include one complimentary BoB item per segment. FAQ doesn't mention anything about meals, but suggests sending the UM off with snacks and "a small amount of cash for incidentals." Left hand, meet right hand.
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Old Jul 25, 12, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by UAL250 View Post
Thanks guys for all the tips and help. He will have money but no card so he'll have to get food airside. Thanks again
If he's mature enough to fly alone, he's probably mature enough to be added as an additional card holder to one of your credit cards.

If necessary, you can give it to him for use only in certain circumstances (including travel).
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Old Jul 25, 12, 2:43 pm
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At age 15 I was flying international routes without any assistance. I was dropped off at the curb and checked in on my own with no assistance and had no issues going though security and to the airplane and through customs. I filled out the Customs forms without any issues.

I wish there was a way to avoid the UM fees if you can prove you can fly without any assistance. Heck at 12 I knew how to read the signs and navigate through the airport.

When i was 16 I was upgrading myself to First Class and even had a few glasses of wine and Baileys on a Domestic flight(:

I can see a 10 year old needing UM but anything over than that should be no problem.
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Old Jul 25, 12, 3:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Passmethesickbag View Post
I'm afraid I can't answer your questions, but I was reassured by reading your post that the mental image of the thread title wasn't warranted. Glad to see he won't be at the controls flying solo...
Originally Posted by BayAreaPilot View Post
With a student pilot certificate and the appropriate endorsement, a 15-year-old can fly gliders and balloons solo.
And can solo in single-engine planes at 16. Plus, he can get his pilot's license at 17. I've read stories of teens getting their pilot's license before they got their driver's license.

UAL250, if your son wants to be a pilot, many flight schools offer "discovery flights" where a flight instructor will take him up in the left seat and he can get a feel for what it's like to fly a plane.

I'm in flight training now for my own license and it's both a lot of fun and a lot of studying.
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Old Jul 25, 12, 3:05 pm
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He's done a discovery flight! He's aiming for an appointment to one of the academy's and going from there. Thanks everyone again.
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