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Children traveling alone

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 the United Customer Contact Center 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. 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.