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British Airways increases the minimum age for children to fly on their own from 12 to 14

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British Airways is rolling out changes to the minimum age for travel for a child flying alone.

From bookings made after 1st May, a child must be 14 before it will be allowed to fly unaccompanied.  This compares to the current age of 12.

British Airways minimum age for child flying alone

In addition, any child aged under 16 MUST bring a completed parent / guardian consent form with them to the airport.  This rule applies to new bookings made after 1st May.

Unaccompanied children will be booked on adult tickets and must travel without a chaperone throughout the entire journey.  The ‘Skyflyer’ service which allocated chaperones to unaccompanied minors was scrapped by British Airways in 2016.

Full details of the changes are on this page of

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Comments (74)

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  • Bill says:

    I’ve got amex platinum. I see the travel insurance covers missed connections.

    If I book two easyjet flights with a 2hr 30 gap in LGW would amex travel insurance cover me if I miss the connection?

    I’m aware I can buy via Gatwick connects / easyjet worldwide however there’s no point in paying £20 per passenger (4 pax) to Gatwick Connects if the Amex platinum travel insurance will cover it.

    • Will says:

      No, clearly states in terms that delay causing missed connection must be over 4 hours.

      To be honest, I find all travel insurance useless for delays as they just revert you back to EU261 and in any case just cover any hotel/additional accom only where the airline doesn’t. I’ve yet to have a situation of a 4hr + delay where the airline didn’t sort everything out.

      • Bill says:

        I was on my mobile earlier. I’ve now got online using my laptop and I’ve found the policy.

        I’m considering Gatwick Connects since it’s Easyjet to Easyjet connecting in Gatwick.

        The section on Travel Inconvenience is 1.6.

        My circumstance would be a 2 hr 30 mins gap between arrival and departure.

        I’m still confused about whether Amex Insurance would cover the missed connection in the event of the inbound flight being late. Section c below is from 1.6 in the pdf:

        You will be reimbursed up to £150 per person for refreshment costs, or up to £300 per person (including £150 for refreshments) for additional travel and accommodation costs incurred prior to actual departure on Your Trip if:
        a) Missed departure. You miss Your flight, train or ship due to an accident or breakdown of Your vehicle, or an accident, breakdown or cancellation of transportation on a Public Vehicle and no alternative is made available within 4 hours of the published departure time;
        b) Delay, cancellation or overbooking. Your flight, train or ship is delayed, cancelled, or overbooked and no alternative is made available within 4 hours of the published departure time;
        c) Missed connection. You miss Your connecting flight, train or ship and no alternative is made available within 4 hours of the published departure time

        I may email Amex insurance

  • Rich says:

    14 before ‘it’ will be allowed to fly – I get a little annoyed with people who pick holes around grammar / spelling in articles these days as we live in a different world to when I grew up – but I’ve never looked upon a child as an ‘it’!! I do think that the age increase is sensible – some 12 year olds are fine, others definitely not and at 14 you’d have to say that the balance has shifted enough towards ‘they’ll be fine’.

    • Lady London says:

      What a sensible comment, Rich. What you’re saying really makes sense.

      Not sure how families whose children travel intercontinental to come to school in the UK, will be able to cope now though. Some of those kids even at 7 years old seem well used to that kind of routine. but you’re right… generally by 14 or so the balance probably has shifted.

  • Aeronaut says:

    “National carrier” is a meaninglessness phrase nowadays.

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