Nowadays, with families scattered all over the place, it’s extremely common for children to travel alone. Mine fly alone a few times each year. And they love it!
In Australia, my first (and only choice) is Virgin Blue. Virgin Blue flights are often full of unaccompanied minors. On one trip there were 12 other UMNR’s flying with them. It was more like a party than a journey.
I’ve never forgotten the time I boarded a plane (of another, unnamed airline) and just as the plane started moving along the tarmac, the flight attendant raced up to the child sitting alone behind me and said, “Oh God sweetie… you got on ok… I’m so sorry, we forgot all about you.”
I doubt that would happen on Virgin Blue. Virgin Blue has good security, and the children are well looked after. They are signed in and board first, with a flight attendant. At the other end, they exit the plane after everyone else, and MUST be signed for by the approved adult, as listed on the booking. This adult must show photo ID.
Not all airlines take UMNR’s. You need to check with each airline, and book via phone rather than online. Talk to your child about what to expect, prior to the flight. Also, I found it was very important for my boys to speak to the person meeting them at the other end, just before they boarded.
Nowadays, they board the plane without even having the decency to look back. 🙂 My boys enjoy their flights and always look forward to the next one… unless they’re flying with me, which apparently isn’t as much fun as flying alone.