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tricknicky
26th Apr 2009, 03:40
Hi all, Now that the stepson has his visa, we are wondering what the situation is like for him to travel here on his own, he's 11, and he does not seam to be fazed about traveling from Los to Manchester on his own.
Any 1 had any thing to do with unaccompanied minor situation.
Any help gladly received thanks in advance
Nick and Ay

Paul tee nung
26th Apr 2009, 05:36
Have you booked a direct flight?

bristolgeoff
26th Apr 2009, 06:08
does not the airline you chose have a hostess or someone to look after the child during the flight

James
26th Apr 2009, 09:28
Hi,

I would speak to the airline about this as from personal experience from a couple of years ago, Thai will take UM's but, and it is a big but, only on a full fare ticket and not a cheapy. Oh and then they will charge a fee on top of that.

It seriously might be cheaper to buy a discounted return and go and pick him up, etc.

J

Boo
26th Apr 2009, 10:39
Most airlines class anyone under 16 years old as a minor & they must be booked on the UM program operated by that airline so you must call & let the airline know before booking your ticket that there will be an UM. Some wont take them but is they do then they will then usually charge a fee to have him accompanied from the check in desk through immigration & to a specific waiting room with food, drinks entertainment etc.

When the flight is called the airline staff accompanying him will get him boarded & handed over to the cabin crew & he will be monitored during the flight by the stewardesses. Once the plane lands he will be taken through to immigration & baggage collection & only then can the person who was specified at the time of booking be allowed to pick him up on the other side. They require that persons id/name/contact number etc at booking too.

It is generally pain free but you must arrange it all direct with the airline. I have arranged this for a friends son with BA (different route) and it was fairly easy, he was 11 too.

ash
26th Apr 2009, 12:08
Not true my kids have been flying alone since 12 years and no airline including thai insist on full fare tickets but most have a per sector charge. (approx 20 stg waived for gold card holders). This may have changed in the current climate.

Do not ask the forum ask the audience sorry airline
ash

James
27th Apr 2009, 10:15
Hi

From the original post


Now that the stepson has his visa, we are wondering what the situation is like for him to travel here on his own, he's 11,

From the TG website:

children,5-11 years of age,traveling alone is designated an Unaccompanied Minor and will be escorted by THAI personnel, looked after during a flight, and met on arrival provided the parent has completed the necessary documents prior to the flight and copy of these documents is required to present at check-in counter. An unaccompanied minor handling fee will be charged for international flights.



tg website faqs (http://www.thaiairways.com/faqs/en/before-you-fly-faqs.htm#faq4)

From Ash


Not true my kids have been flying alone since 12 years


I would speak to the airline if I were you, imagine him turning up at the airport and being turned away for the price of a phone call.

Up to you as they say.....

J

ash
28th Apr 2009, 01:04
Originally posted by ash:

Do not ask the forum ask the audience sorry airline
ash

My kids have flown unaccompanied regularly (5 or 6 times per year) and some airlines will extend the unaccompanied minor service to older kids on request.(for a fee)

My not true was aimed at the requirement for a full fare ticket.

Swiss also did waive the fees for a gold card holder as do many others.

Normally even without the service we found that the airline would provide assistance from check in to the gates etc as they do for old people etc anyways.

ash

Jazzman
28th Apr 2009, 09:46
My stepson flew with Thai when he was 11,and they charge me a 1000 baht extra for them to take care of him. He is 16 now and today they have threw him out of school for telling a teacher to kiss his arse. oh happy days.

tricknicky
31st May 2009, 02:23
Hi all, just to let you all know, the little lad arrived a week ago on Etihad flight no problem at all.
You do have to do a bit of paperwork but nothing to complex, quite painless for a change.
Now on with child benefit and tax credits.
Thanks for all that helped.

Cheers Nick + ay