Airlines offer special services for children travelling alone and put a great deal of effort into making sure that your child enjoys every minute of the flight.
The following information is intended to give you a general idea of the procedure and is not universally valid. We advise you to up-date details for bookings, reservations and documents with your airline.
Children under five are not permitted to fly unacco
Children travelling alone
mpanied: Children under two must always be accompanied by a parent, a guardian or an appointed adult. (Suitable proof of identity-inclusion on the passport of parent or guardian or the child's own passport) must also be submitted for children and infants.
Proceedings differs according to age
Children between the age of 2 and 5 can fly without booking the supervision service if accompanied by their elder brothers or sisters (usually aged 16) provided they hold a written declaration of consent from one of the parents or the guardian.
Children from 5 and 12
Children between 5 and 12 may be carried by the airline without a person accompanying them provided that the airline is notified in advance and that carriage of unaccompanied minors is confirmed by the airline.
A notification is required for all unaccompanied minors under the age of 12.
Children from 12 to 16
Children above 12 can fly alone without supervising service. However, we do advise you to add a written declaration of consent to the travel documents.
The supervision service can be booked for children up to the age of 16 if required.
Supervision services are subject to extra charges and vary amongst airlines and routes.
Unaccompanied minors will be carried if an official passport or identity document with a photograph or a family book or a certified copy thereof is presented at the check-in desk. The parents or guardian have to provide a written declaration that the child is allowed to travel. For some countries special rules apply.
The name of the person collecting or looking after the child at the destination airport must be given at the check-in desk. The parent, guardian or person looking after the child must wait at the airport until the departure of the aircraft.
A written declaration of consent is also needed in the case that your child is travelling with friends and their families.
Travel preparations for children travelling alone
While purchasing your ticket, you must declare that your child will be travelling alone. Travel agents often hand out the official supervision form and a small shoulder bag for your child. In some cases the form and the bag are handed over at the check-in desk.
The supervision form can usually be downloaded on the airlines website.
We recommend three copies: one for the parents, one for your child's small yellow bag (which you will receive when you book) and one for the airline:
Name and age of child
Flight-number., date and destination
Name, address and telephone number of the person accompanying the child to the airport
Name, address and telephone number of the person collecting the child at the destination
Travel bag for UM (unaccompanied minor)
Please place all necessary travel documents in the bag. For example:
Airline ticket or print-out of the etix® reservation and the supervision form*
Valid passport/child's identity card**
Visa for destination country**
Travel insurance certificate**
Information on allergies***
Receipt for pre-paid fees for the care service, if applicable
Declaration of consent from parents or legal guardians that their child may travel unaccompanied**
*necessary in every case
**necessary depending on destination country
Hand luggage and free baggage
For your child's hand luggage the usual measures apply; however please make sure that your child can carry the bag comfortably. Essential medicines, warm clothing, a small amount of spending money and of course a favourite cuddly toy should also be included.
Dangerous objects such as pen knives, scissors or even toy guns or similar items are not permitted in hand luggage. Please also ensure that your child's checked-in luggage does not exceed the free luggage allowance.
Please also note the latest hand luggage regulations.
Supervision before departure
At the airport the child should be accompanied to the gate by a parent, guardian or an appointed person. Please note that you have to remain at the airport until the flight is airborne. Either the airport staff, airline staff or the handling agent will collect your child at the gate and take him or her on board the aircraft.
Supervision on board
On-board your child will be welcomed and looked after by one of the flight attendants. Unaccompanied children are always seated close to and within sight of the flight attendants so that they can be on hand immediately.
No matter the length of the flight and the route airlines usually hand out games, pens and colouring books etc. so that your child will be well entertained and feel comfortable throughout the flight.
Supervision after landing
Upon landing at the destination airport your child will be accompanied into the terminal and only handed over to the person designated to collect him.
Even if a flight is delayed, your child is in safe hands. At many airports there are supervision rooms where your child will be looked after. Naturally the persons due to collect the child will be informed by telephone of the delay and the new flight arrival time.
For security reasons the person collecting the child must produce valid identification, which is then compared to the information in the shoulder bag, before the child is entrusted to him. Please communicate this information in good time to the person collecting the child.