Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

United Applies Solo Fees to Teens

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

United Applies Solo Fees to Teens

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Parents of children as old as 15 who fly alone on United Airlines now must pay a $150 unaccompanied child fee each way, under a recently revised company policy.

Previously the fee was mandatory only for children ages 5 to 12 who flew alone. The chaperone-like service also was available as an option for parents of children ages 13 to 17.

The fee is now mandatory for ages 5 to 15, and the service is no longer offered for ages 16 and 17, United spokesman Charles Hobart said Tuesday. Parents of 16- and 17-year-olds rarely went for the optional service, Hobart said.

Children younger than 5 are not permitted to fly alone.

The changes took effect for tickets sold after Dec. 14. "We did a thoughtful review of the policy," Hobart said.

In exchange for the fee, a United employee escorts the child to the gate and to a seat on the aircraft. …

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