Many children travel in the summertime from a custodial parent's home for parenting time with a non-custodial parent. The summer of 2007 has presented new challenges to these children and their parents as a result of a greater number of delays and flight cancellations. It is recommended that parents meet these challenges in two ways. First, your "precious cargo" should travel as "unaccompanied minors." Airlines have special procedures for handling minors, but it costs a fee -- usually about $60 each way. Airlines typically will not transport children under the age of 5 as unaccompanied minors.
Another policy will help ensure that children are not stranded away from parents. Children should either be scheduled on a direct flight to their destination or they should be scheduled early in the day so that delays don't cause the children to be alone in a strange city.
As the Washington Post reports on July 21, 2007, these policies do not always ensure that a child's trip is without mishap. See The Young and the Stranded A one-time registration may be necessary.
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