Blogging NYT: When Children Fly Alone

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Is your child a solo flyer? It’s not ideal, but sometimes children have to fly alone, especially if parents are divorced and live far apart. It can be scary for both parents and children, but the New York Times reports that airlines generally receive relatively few complaints from parents about how these pint-size flyers fare when flying alone. Airlines rules for unaccompanied child passengers have become stricter since Sept. 11th with most airlines now prohibiting flights that aren’t non-stop.

The Times also reports about new child transport services, such as Trusted Traveler, which provide escorts for young travelers and peace of mind for their parents, but for a pretty hefty fee.

Read the full article here.

Has your child had to fly alone? Were you a nervous wreck?

Photo credit: Juliette Borda for the New York Times

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.