My 4 flew together when my kids were 4,6,8 and 9. They did a non-stop and did great! They now brag to their friends how flying is no big deal. Your kids will do just great and your 17 year old will have an incredible sense of the trust you have put in him (her?).
Do not let your kids know you are worried. Talk to them about the things they may encounter especially if they have not flown before. (My kids were surprised that the airplane bathrooms were so tiny!). Explain each step of the way- where luggage goes, where they will pick it up, what the seatbelts fasten lights mean, the need to turn off cell phones and games on takeoff. Try to meet one of the stewardesses before your kids board and introduce your kids. But most of all have faith in your children. You have taught them well and they can do this! (And you can let them!!!!!)
My daughter flew alone at 15 years old nonstop on a two hour air tran flight. She was fine. I was able to get a gate pass to escort her through security and to the boarding area. Her Grandma got a gate pass on the other end and was able to meet her when she got off of the flight.
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My kids always keep ME on the right track at the airport!
They'll be fine, now that America West is out of business...
My daughter flew alone at 9, everything was good.
Edited by: MRSJOCCO at: 5/10/2012 (19:40)
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5/7/12 7:11 P
At that age there should be no problems. But if there are connecting flights and especially at large airports, you may want to pay the little extra and have them assisted by an attendant.
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5/7/12 5:16 P
They are not quite alone... they have each other. The 17 year old should be able to handle everything just fine... after all, he/she will be off to college in a year!
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