How Old Should Your Child Be When You Let Him or Her Travel Alone?

Some airlines let children travel as unaccompanied minors as young as five years old.  Would you let your child travel alone at that age?  Supposedly it is safe, as the parents can walk them out to the gate.  But there are pitfalls.  Do all parents wait until the plane actually takes off?  Or do they head for their car when the plane pushes back from the gate?  I dropped my elderly mom off once and left when the plane pushed back, and the plane developed a mechanical problem on while taxiing to the runway and returned to the gate for 3 hours.  Poor Mom, wh...more

Kids Flying Unaccompanied? After Delta Mix-Up, As Scary As Handing Them The Keys To The Car

It's one thing for airlines to send your luggage to the wrong destination, but sending two kids to the wrong destination? Some mistakes are simply not acceptable. That's exactly the mistake that was made in Minneapolis yesterday when Delta airlines mixed up the travel papers for two unaccompanied minors, sending the Cleveland-bound child to Boston and the Boston-bound child to Cleveland. ...more

The mix-up doesn't change my feelings about kids flying alone. It isn't as if this is a huge ...more