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Children 5 to 11 years of age who are not accompanied on an aircraft by a parent, legal guardian or someone who is at least 18 years of age are considered unaccompanied minors and are subject to specific restrictions. Travel arrangements for these young travelers can be booked at united.com, through United Reservations or with your local travel agent.
Rules for unaccompanied minor travel
- 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.
- Children younger than 5 years of age are not accepted as unaccompanied minors.
- Unaccompanied minors ages 5 to 7 can only travel on nonstop flights.
- Unaccompanied minors ages 8 to 11 can travel on any flight operated by United or United Express; however, travel will not be allowed on the last connecting flight of the day, unless the connecting flight is the only published service to that destination.
- Unaccompanied minors are not allowed on flights that require an overnight stay in order to make a connection.
- Children ages 12 to 17 can pay the service charge to use the unaccompanied minor service, or they can travel as adults. Contact United Reservations or your local travel agent to make arrangements for unaccompanied minor service.