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    Have you ever put your child on an unaccompanied minor flight? What age were they? How did they cope?

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  • #2
    i flew as an unaccompanied minor when i was ten. i had a flight attendant looking after me. i was fine.

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    • #3
      Yes. Will reply in morning. Night.

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      • #4
        She was 10. She coped well but I didn't. There was a oil spill on the runway (prime minster plane many year ago) and her flight was diverted to cairns. They didn't contact me or give her any food or drinks on the extra four hours she was on the plane. They would only sell her stuff and she had no money. I was mad as.

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        • #5
          yep my kids did it christmas just gone. they were 10 and 8 - it was only an hour flight from here to sydney but put name tags on them -flight number- destination- as well as a hostess - got a lunch box full of food and drink on the plane - met there dad in sydney. Cost me $144 each. one way. DD felt a bit sick on take off ( she gets car sick) and DS loved it. they want to do it again and i have no hesatation. It was through Qantas

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          • #6
            I flew with my sister many times. I think the youngest I would have been would have been 7. I loved it!

            I always seem to get sat next to unaccompanied minors when I fly with DS but they usually sit them at the back of the plane in a row on their own if the flight isn't full (with Qantas that is)

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            • #7
              I used to fly unaccompanied 3 times a year, from 8 years old. This included a 45-1hour flight, transfer (4 hour wait at airport normally) and a 4hour flight. Anset and Qantas. Was always well looked after and enjoyed it as long as I had enough things in my backpack to keep me entertained


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              • #8
                Yep mine each went separately to visit my sister- 1 hr flight, one was 6, the other 8. They were super super excited and loved every minute of it! Saying goodbye to the 6 yr old I was a bit sad and she literally saying 'can I go now mum?'! I have them $10 each to buy a snack (for the novelty more than anything else)

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                • #9
                  i used to fly as an unaccompied minor to visit my grandparents. i think i was fairly young - around 5 or 6. that said im not sure if i would do it with my kids. maybe im a bit precious. i cant really remember it but i dont think i ever had a problem with it, i do remember asking mum to go on the train next time (?something different) but she wouldnt let me as nobody would look after me, whereas the flight attendants were 'responsible' for me.

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                  • #10
                    The cabin crew are responsible for your children on board, and will only be able to release them to the person on the form at the other end (that's why it's important their ID has the correct address, and phone numbers are right etc). Same deal for the way back, just in reverse. I'm pretty certain that they hand children over to ground staff if they've got a layover, but there's no way your child should be wondering an airport by themselves. If ther are any other unaccompanied minors on the flight, they'll all be sat together . Most of the ones I see are excited to be flying without Mum or Dad, and you can tell who the 'regulars' are, but they're good at keeping an eye on anyone who might be a bit nervous .

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                    • #11
                      No, but I went to NZ on my own at 11 and visited my sister in Adelaide at 12.

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                      • #12
                        We were talking about this last night. Dss has done it since he was 5 to go home to nz to see the grandparents etc. I don't know if I will be keen when this one is old enough. He's never had one drama in saying that I just couldn't sleep knowing my baby is 3 hours flight away

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                        • #13
                          Good luck ana. My mum has been talking about doing the same with coop not this year but next year.

                          I am very undecided about it and just not sure he should fly by himself. I would rather just catch the train there and back as that way he wouldnt be by himself and flying is too expensive for me to do there and back.

                          Hope it works out well.

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                          • #14
                            My friend's dd flies often. She's 8 but has done so since 6. My friend became a single mum when her fiance was killed just after the baby was born. Her fiance was an only child, his father lives overseas and his mother lives in central qld. Her father lives in NT and her mum lives in SA. She is in NQ and is very close to all her family and her late fiance's family, so her dd spending time with them is very important. She has travelled alone to Asia, to Adelaide, to New Zealand, all over Australia, and to England, just in the last 2 years. She did well and was looked after on the flights.

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