Policy change: United will only accept unaccompanied minors on nonstop flights

United will only accept unaccompanied minors on nonstop flights. Photo credit: United.

United will only accept unaccompanied minors on nonstop flights. Photo credit: United.

United Airlines is accepting unaccompanied minors only on nonstop flights, a policy change it made this month, according to its website. 

The change, which went into effect for tickets purchased after Dec. 5, was found by some attentive United.com readers who posted on the Flyertalk.com message boards. 

Previously, United would allow children to take connecting flights. But ensuring that a bunch of 5 to 11-year-olds are taken care of during a layover is not the easiest thing. I imagine that this policy change will make the program more efficient for United.

Here are the new rules on United.com

  • Unaccompanied minors can only travel on flights operated by United or United Express®. United does not offer unaccompanied minor service to or from other airlines’ flights. For tickets purchased on or after December 5, 2013, unaccompanied minors can only travel on nonstop flights.
  • Children younger than 5 years of age are not accepted as unaccompanied minors.
  • Children 5 to 11 years of age who are traveling alone must use our unaccompanied minor service.
  • Children ages 12 to 17 can pay the service charge to use the unaccompanied minor service for flights where unaccompanied minor travel is allowed, or they can travel as adults. Contact the United Customer Contact Center or your local travel agent to make arrangements for unaccompanied minor service.
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