Yes, your daughter may fly alone, but she will need some kind of identification, ideally one with her picture on it. A state identification card, a passport, a passport card, and so forth. Thank you for your time!
How Old Do Children Need to Be to Fly Alone? Children between the ages of 5 and 14 who travel without a parent or guardian are typically considered "unaccompanied minors" by airlines. Unaccompanied minor service is normally voluntary for children aged 15 to 17. Most airlines will not let children fly alone if they are over age 18.
The younger you are, the more passengers there are on a plane that weight ratio. The maximum passenger capacity of a plane is usually specified by the manufacturer. For example, the maximum number of people that an Airbus A320 can carry is 320, but some flights may be able to carry up to 375 passengers.
The reason children under 12 cannot fly alone is because they are not capable of making responsible decisions about their travels. They are unable to understand the implications of leaving home without parents or guardians. Young children are also not capable of dealing with changes in their environment or situations they do not understand. They must be given freedom within limits and guided by adults who know what they are doing.
The youngest person ever recorded as flying alone was a 4-year-old girl from Texas who flew alone in December 1980 in a plane manufactured by Lockheed Corporation. The aircraft carried a maximum of seven passengers, including the driver. It weighed nearly nine tons and was certified by the FAA for short distances (up to 250 miles).
Flying Domestically as an Unaccompanied Minor: Although it is not usually required, it is always a good idea to have a passport, birth certificate, or other form of identification on hand just in case. In addition, while passing through TSA, an agent may ask your youngster for their name to validate their identification. If they don't have any form of government-issued photo ID, they will be allowed to go through the screening process but won't be permitted to enter the security area.
Flying Internationally as an Unaccompanied Minor: The same rules apply as if you were traveling domestically except that, instead of having a passport, your child will need to provide a copy of their passport application, including page containing the photo, along with a photocopy of their birth certificate or equivalent identity document.
The only exception to this rule is if you are traveling with a child who is under 13 years old and has a medical condition that requires the use of a wheelchair or scooter. In this case, the doctor's note certifying your child's disability will serve as their form of identification.
If you are traveling with an infant younger than one year old, they also need their own form of identification. Options include a hospital record or doctor's note, but anything that identifies the baby by name, age, and address will work.
For older infants and toddlers, a picture ID is enough; no additional documentation is needed.
Parental Consent Forms for Minors Traveling Alone are Available for Free. While minors aged five to 18 can fly alone, smaller children in this age range are normally required to enroll in an airline's unaccompanied minor program (specific age requirements vary per airline). The most common requirement is that participants must be 12 years old.
The FAA requires that all children under the age of 18 traveling alone in the United States be accompanied by someone over the age of 11. The person serving as a guardian should not be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, regardless of how legal they may be in their state of origin. A guardian should also have a valid passport and visa, if applicable.
Children who are not able to provide for themselves at the time of an accident due to physical disability or illness fall under the federal protection of special airlines programs. These programs were created to ensure that these passengers are not denied travel opportunities because of age restrictions.
Under these programs, passengers younger than 18 who are diagnosed with a serious medical condition that could result in death or severe injury if they were to experience an accident are allowed to travel with only one other person for free. The passenger's doctor must complete a form indicating that the patient meets the requirements for this service.
These services are available only to people who need them.