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Question: Should I let him fly alone from tx to mn?

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My oldest son who will.be seven this month has been having alot of behavior problems. Last night we were talking and he started crying saying he missed his teetee and cousins. My bff who is like a sister to me abd her kids. We moved from mn to tx three years ago and have been back to visit once last year. He asked me if he was really good could he go visit. I don't mind him visiting I trust my bff with my life. Its just that due to finances and work we would not all be able to go and I would have to send him by himself. I am terrified of airplanes and have flown twice in my life. He went once with me and his brother last year. I am a single mom so.I have no one.who could take.him and I don't have a car so the only option is for.him to.fly. im.just not sure if he.should at seven. According to the airline they can fly alone at five. His brother is.only four so he couldn't go. Any advice about sending a young child on a flight alone? Its three hours non stop. Is he too young? I want to do something to encourage him to behave. And this was his idea. Im.just not sure... help!
by on Jan. 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM
Replies (11-20):
BokanoMomma
by Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM
I flew by myself when I was 10 or 11 and was supposed to have an attendant with me the whole trip and I didn't. No one even communicated with me other than to tell me where my seat was up front..

Quoting DallasCowboys81: They have flight attendants that will sit with your child and make sure they have everything they need. My ss flys to see us every summer. He is older but started when he was young. This will be the first yr he dont have to use a flight attendamt and he is 16. I say let him if you buy tickets early enough they can be pretty cheap for round trip. He.will be ok. Id let my 7 yr old.. :)
DallasCowboys81
by Platinum Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 4:55 PM
Guess it depends on the flight. My sons alwiays haf one and they walk him off the plane to us.

Quoting BokanoMomma: I flew by myself when I was 10 or 11 and was supposed to have an attendant with me the whole trip and I didn't. No one even communicated with me other than to tell me where my seat was up front..



Quoting DallasCowboys81: They have flight attendants that will sit with your child and make sure they have everything they need. My ss flys to see us every summer. He is older but started when he was young. This will be the first yr he dont have to use a flight attendamt and he is 16. I say let him if you buy tickets early enough they can be pretty cheap for round trip. He.will be ok. Id let my 7 yr old.. :)
mustbeGRACE
by Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM
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It sounds as though you need to move back to Texas.

From now to 18 is too long for your child to be away from people he misses so  much.

If you don't have a really good, active, rich support system for your kids, maybe you should go back.

Razzbaby1988
by on Jan. 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM
I think a lot of people are rite.. Have your friend come visit with her kiddos on the bus.. For only my airfare me and my kids have a round trip to ohio and back to tx plus $ to eat off of while were there.
GREYHOUND!!! :) my lovely discovery... Then again this is from a woman who has had to sit on a bus to n from Mexico like 6 times 30houts each way.. ;)
Thethrivingmom
by New Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM
20 years ago i flew by myself, internationally and a layover. I was 8. I survived. These days, a designated adult can obtain a gate pass to accompany a minor to their gate. A flight attendant will accompany your child to their seat, make sure their bags are stored, they are buckled, and help them if they need to use the bathroom. Then when the plane lands, after everyone has de-planed, a flight attendant will escort your child off the plane and to the gate where they will meet with the designated adult who will recieve custody of your child. There isn't a single airline who will allow a 7 year old to be unaccompanied. Once on the plane, there really isn't much trouble your child can get into, especially on a 3 hour flight. Only you know your child and if they can behave and be independant enough to deal emotionally with being without you and trusting other adults to take care of him. Call around to different airlines to see what their policies are.
Bmat
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

I would not let my child depend on strangers, even though employed by an airline,  for his safety. 

BokanoMomma
by Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM
Maybe. I know my aunt was pissed for them not doing anything though. Also depends on the person

Quoting DallasCowboys81: Guess it depends on the flight. My sons alwiays haf one and they walk him off the plane to us.



Quoting BokanoMomma: I flew by myself when I was 10 or 11 and was supposed to have an attendant with me the whole trip and I didn't. No one even communicated with me other than to tell me where my seat was up front..





Quoting DallasCowboys81: They have flight attendants that will sit with your child and make sure they have everything they need. My ss flys to see us every summer. He is older but started when he was young. This will be the first yr he dont have to use a flight attendamt and he is 16. I say let him if you buy tickets early enough they can be pretty cheap for round trip. He.will be ok. Id let my 7 yr old.. :)
IncognitoOne
by Angela-Marie on Jan. 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

No, he wouldn't be going alone if he were my kid.

mommyof4boys317
by New Member on Jan. 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM

 Personally i would not, my son is 7 going on 8 and the only way he can travel is with my hubby and me,or his grandparents.

crazymawmaw
by on Jan. 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

no i would not aloud a seven year old to fly alone and all the winter weather going on,  Just look at all your opitions.  Beside you  are the adult  you has all the responable all on you.  You just said  he has a behavable problems.   Stick with you guns, and be the adult and not a friend,

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