would you let your 6yr. old fly by herself? why or why not?

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Jenn - posted on 05/06/2011

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These days? No. But I did when I was six and my mom would send me off to my grandmother's for the summer. That just seems so crazy to me now!

Cynthia - posted on 05/05/2011

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my son is 6 and i still don't let him go into plubic bathrooms alone. i would never let him fly! this seems crazy to me but i didn't realize that 5 was the age until i read here. i cant believe 5 year olds are flying alone. idk if i would let a teenager go alone.

Jodi - posted on 05/05/2011

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No. I think it is too young. I am going through the dilemma of having to have my 13 year old fly on his own including transits, and that is freaking me out.....



Personally I think it is just unfair to let your 6 year old fly on their own. I remember sitting next to an unaccompanied minor on a flight once (I was with my family, I just happened to be the one next to him), and that kid was probably about 7 or so. He was TERRIFIED, the poor kid. I will never forget chatting to him and him telling me how scared he was because he had never flown before, not that he could remember. I thought that was SO unfair of the parents to do that. he asked if he could hold my hand while we took off......I said yes. It should have been HIS parent doing that.



Anyway, I just wouldn't do it. But that's me.

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If I had a choice... no. It's not something I'm comfortable w/ doing.



My girls (8.5 at the time) flew as unaccompanied minors to come home from their father's last summer. Now that their 3 year old brother goes too.... their father has to accompany them on all flights until he is 5. I'm not too happy about him being flown as an unaccompanied minor at 5, but thankfully by that age he will have two 11 year old sisters accompanying him as well.

Shae-Maree - posted on 05/05/2011

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I would never let my 6 year old fly by herself. There are WAY to many weirdo's out there. I freak out if we go to the playground and I cant see her.

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Kelli - posted on 05/08/2011

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I think it depends on the child, how long the flight is and all the flights I've been on with with children flying alone, they've had a flight attendant that was watching over them and constantly checking on them! I wouldn't put my 8 1/2 year old very independent girl on more than a 2 hour flight! AND I would ask that I escort her onto the plane and whoever was meeting her be at the end of the jetway!!! Good Luck!

Shannintipton - posted on 05/06/2011

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That reminds me of when I was 12. I was wearing high heels thinking I was all grown up. I couldnt even walk in them. So we were switching planes and we were running late. There I am, holding every one back because I cant walk right. I got some dirty looks. We missed the plane, not because of me thank God. The plane left before we even landed I found out later. I had a three hour lay over. It really sucked. {:+)

Elfrieda - posted on 05/06/2011

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I flew on my own when I was 14. It was not a big deal, and I didn't have to wear a special tag or be seated in a special area, so I felt SO sophisticated. :) I had been on planes before, and knew what to expect, generally. I had never been the one making the decisions and figuring out where to go, so I made some mistakes (actually I got off the plane when we landed to take on more passengers, but they just let me back on again) but everyone was very kind and helpful, and I felt competent and confident afterward.

Six years old is very different, but I have had young kids put beside me on the plane before. I know that the airline attendants choose 'safe' people to put the little kids beside. (like me and my baby.) And the kids have always seemed put-together and calm.

Shannintipton - posted on 05/06/2011

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Hey Jenn,

Nice bumping into you again. Hope all is well? See you around? {:+)

Karen - posted on 05/06/2011

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I let my daughter at age 12. The airline had a staff person keeping an eye on her. I called my parents when she got on the plane, and when she got off 4 hours later, they called me immediately. Same thing coming back, no problems. Age 6, probably not so much, though.

Tina - posted on 05/05/2011

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I definately would there's just to many weidos out there and so much that could go wrong. I've been caught on my own in bad situations as a young kid with people no matter what precautions you take it isn't safe and it would be very daunting for a young child.

Jodi - posted on 05/05/2011

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Teresa, I'm nervous as crap to be honest, LOL......and my son is 13!!! His dad is moving interstate in a few weeks, and he has to get connecting flights to get there. Actually, my son is freaking out a little too.....I am tossing up flying with him the first trip so he can familiarise himself with things from the perspective of having to fly alone. He HAS flown several times before, but always with me.

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Yeah Jodi, my ex wanted the girls to have to fly alone... for their first flight EVER since they were a year old. At least I got the judge to grant that he had to come and pick them up. He was just allowed to send them HOME alone, but at least they knew what to expect and had each other. They did fine, but I'm really glad it's not going to happen again for another 2 years.

Shannintipton - posted on 05/05/2011

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Never. And I cant tell you why. I dont know why. I just wouldnt feel right about it. {:+)

Elfrieda - posted on 05/05/2011

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If she was calm about it, and it there was only one leg to the journey, AND there was somebody who loves her picking her up from the other end, yes, I would certainly consider it. I'd make sure to do lots of pretend airplane trips where we acted out exactly what would happen, from snacks to seat trays to washrooms to flight attendants to the sign she'll have to wear, and give her lots of gum to chew during the takeoff and landing.

Amie - posted on 05/05/2011

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No not even a consideration. I wouldn't let a 6-year-old out of sight for a moment. That is way too young in my opinion. I know that airlines have the unaccompanied minor flights, but flight attendants are not babysitters.

Firebird - posted on 05/05/2011

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For so many reasons... absolutely not! 1. My 6 year old is Autistic, anyone pisses her off and she'll scream for the entire flight without me there to calm her down. 2. That could very well be a kidnapping waiting to happen. 3. She could get lost at the airport looking for whoever is supposed to be picking her up. 4. Flight attendants are not babysitters. 5. I don't even let her walk 15 minutes to school alone. 6. Airport security would probably terrify her. Those are just what I have time to think up right now, but I'm sure my list can go on and on if I put enough thought into it.

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