When Your Minor is Not-so-Minorly Traveling
Whether Susie is traveling from Atlanta to Denver to visit grandma or Adam is going to participate in a high school year abroad, there are certain concerns that arise when it is a minor traveling by themselves. But fear not! – transportation companies understand the further travel assistance this may require.
If the person traveling on an airplane is under 18, most airports will a parent to go through security and wait at the gates with them before the flight boards. This service can also be arranged for when a flight arrives at the destination (which reminds me of travel pre-September 11th, 2001, when loved ones could go almost anywhere in an airport with a traveler).
Unaccompanied minors are often allowed to board early – with most flight attendants giving them extra in-flight perks, such as free movies or snacks when other passengers have to pay. While people are no longer allowed to peek inside the cockpit of a plane (except for when you are boarding or de-boarding), some airlines still give out wing pins for young travelers.
It is perfectly normal to worry about young travelers alone and as a person who began traveling by herself at age 15, I can attest that there can be some moments where you feel lost or scared. With the coordination of the airline (or other mode of transportation) company, the experience of traveling by yourself to a destination does not need to be the biggest headache of the travel. Instead, the biggest headache might be convincing the minor that it is not necessary to bring the entire Harry Potter series with them on their travels!
Photo (and further information about minor traveling) available at: http://www.examiner.com/article/how-to-choose-luggage-and-accessories-for-unaccompanied-minor-travel