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Old 03-04-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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flying unaccompanied minors

ds will be flying unaccompanied this summer to see his dad, from houston to hawaii. I'm freaking out, but I know in all reality it will be fine.

its an 8.5 hour flight. what kind of stuff should i send for him to do? his dad said the new planes have touch screens in the head rests with movies on them. I'll send his tag reader, and maybe my ds if i can find any games for it. i'll probably buy some new little toys to have just on the plane. what else do you suggest? i was contemplating sending my kindle, but he'd have no way to recharge it.

for those of you that have sent your kids unaccompanied before, how much interaction do they actually get from the fight attendants? he'll be 5 yrs 8 months when he leaves, so hes basically self sufficient. will they check on him regularly, or will he have to call if he needs something?

mostly i'm worried he'll either freak out on the way there, or drive everyone crazy, so i want to make sure to have plenty of stuff to keep him busy. i'm sure he'll sleep some of the time, but he's never slept on a plane before, even past his bedtime, he is always too excited.

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Old 03-04-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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My just turned 6 year old will play games on my tablet for hours if I let him. Maybe load some good games and send your kindle with the charger and then he can play it till the battery dies and then go to a movie or something and Dad can recharge it before he flies home.
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I have a situation where once every summer my dd has to fly unaccompanied too. I usually try my hardest to talk to who will be flying with her before hand. it usually makes me feel better. The flight attendants always seem very sweet and understanding but it still makes me crazy. Your child will be put on the flight first in the first row right by the flight attendant's seat. Your child will then get off the plane only with the flight attendant holding his hand and if his father is there and checked in to pick him up and waiting at the gate. Otherwise I believe your child will be taken to a safe room until someone approved shows up with verification. I never had it happen before though but that is what I was told.

As for talking to people, yes he can but I think they try to make sure there isn't too much interaction with strangers sitting around. Your son will be sitting with everyone else who may need extra help on the plane like the elderly, anyone with an injury/cast or other mothers/dads with small children. I asked about it and had a talk with DD about strangers and not to answer personal things to them, let them help or touch you or go anywhere with them. My dd is super social though so to me that talk was important. Your child also will not be allowed to get up to go to the back without the flight attendant so make sure to just let him know if he has to go to the bathroom the attendant will escort him back.

When I pack my dd's play bag I put an old iphone (with the calling options disabled and hidden from her use) with headphones, a couple snacks, a couple books, coloring books and crayons, her favorite blanket and stuffed animal, and I make sure I put tons of games on the iphone, music and stuff for her to be entertained with. Also, a puzzle book might be fun.

Is there anything else your curious about? I tried to think of all I was wondering about when I first had to do it!
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Re: flying unaccompanied minors

thats super helpful, thanks!
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My stepsons fly unaccompanied all the time, but that is a very long flight for a 5 year old! In our experience, the flight attendants do give them extra snacks, but that is about it. They check in with them every hour or so.

The 10 year old gets really antsy on 6 hour flights, and he prefers to fly with the touchscreens. They do make a world of difference, as does the DS. When he was 6, the longest flight he could tolerate was about 3 hours.

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when my niece and nephew were in my care they flew unaccompanied to Japan 9 and 7 from ny. IT was so funny i was super nervous but the plane they got on was a group full of school kids about 100 of them lol
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any other suggestions, stories, or advice?
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My dad was in the air force so I have been on unattended flights up and down the east coast. He always had a flight attendant with me and they were always super nice. One pilot even gave me plastic wings once to pin on my shirt! Longest flight I was on was from NC to Germany. The flight attendant literally stayed with me the entire time except to hand out snacks/drinks and to check in with the pilot. Now, this was over 10 years ago but I thought I'd share my experience for a piece of mind. They were always good to me!

Sorry forgot to put my ages I flew down: 5-12 year old. Germany I was 9.
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I am impressed. My 6 year old won't even go upstairs to his room or the basement playroom by himself without me going as well to make sure there are no zombies or mosters.
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I flew unaccompanied every summer starting right after my sixth birthday. The flight attendants generally checked on me a few extra times, but for the most part, I was mostly on my own. I was very comfortable on planes, so using the call button, getting to the restroom, etc. were familiar to me, so I didn't need any help with those things.

Not all planes have the built in tvs, so I'd check on that before relying on those for entertainment. I grew up flying well before tablets, but I usually brought books, coloring books, and a couple of small toys.
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