The Today Show covered a story about a 10 year old child who was temporarily lost (for 45 minutes) while flying solo to camp. The parents hired an escort to meet her daughter upon landing who never showed up. The child had no cell phone. Another airline staffer helped the girl locate her connecting flight and she got to camp safely.
"United Airlines’ unaccompanied minor policy is standard compared to other airlines. Unaccompanied kids ages 5 to 7 can travel, but only on nonstop flights. Kids ages 8 to 11 can travel on any flight (nonstop or connecting); and kids 12 to 17 can pay a fee to use the unaccompanied minor service or can also travel as adults. "(source)
It's Feedback Friday...
What age do you think is old enough to fly solo?
Do you believe the airline is 100% to blame or share blame with the parents in this case?
Would you allow your child to fly alone?