What Identifications Do I Need for My Kids to Fly?

Most parents find themselves asking before preparing for a family vacation is “Does my child need an ID to fly?”. Not knowing whether your child may need identification to board a plane may appear a little confusing and overwhelming at first. It all depends on where you are traveling to, as well as which airline you are traveling on, an ID for your child may not always be required to board a plane. So, what do children below the age of 18 need to fly? continue reading to learn more. 

One of the most recommended places to check for any air travel-related questions is through the transportation security administration website (TSA). Which according to the TSA, anyone over the age of 18 must present a valid form of identification. While minors traveling on domestic flights do not need to because most airlines will allow miners to board a plane without any form of ID. However, if the child is traveling and they have a discounted rate for their ticket, you will need to show ID such as a passport or birth certificate for proof of age. Nonetheless, parents should always reach out to the airline they plan on traveling with to confirm the proper form of identification in terms of a minor boarding a plane. . 

Kids flying alone 

Many airline rules vary, but here’s a good guidance of what to expect. Keep in mind that the ages listed below reflect your child’s age on the date of travel, not at the time of booking.

1 . Children ages 5 – 7 are permitted to take a direct flight to a single destination but not connecting flights.

2. Children under the age of 17 who are flying alone on an international flight may need to provide a signed letter of consent from a parent or responsible adult.

3. Airlines charge a fee anywhere from $50 to $150 each way for an unaccompanied miner. The exact amount will depend on the airline, the age of the child, and whether the flight involves connections. Some airlines may charge a fee per child, while other carriers will allow multiple children to travel together under a single fee.

4. Certain airlines do not allow unaccompanied minors to fly on the last connecting flight of the day, also known as “red-eye” flights between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. ensure to read each airline’s policies carefully before booking. 

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