Flying can be an exciting adventure, especially for young travelers flying alone. Norwegian Air understands the importance of ensuring a safe and comfortable journey for unaccompanied minors. In this blog, we’ll delve into the details of Norwegian Air Unaccompanied Minor Policy, providing parents and guardians with a comprehensive guide to ease any concerns.
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Who Qualifies as an Unaccompanied Minor?
The definition of an Norwegian Air unaccompanied minor can vary depending on the airline or transportation company. However, in general, an Unaccompanied Minor is a child who is traveling without an adult aged 18 or older at any point during their journey. This includes both domestic and international flights.
Here are some general guidelines for determining who qualifies as an Norwegian Air unaccompanied minor:
Age: The child must be between the ages of 5 and 14 (or 17 for some airlines) on the date of travel.
Travel arrangements: The child must be traveling alone or with other children who are not considered adults.
No adult accompaniment: The child must not be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older at any point during their journey.
Some airlines may have additional restrictions for UMs, such as requiring them to travel on direct flights or prohibiting them from connecting to certain destinations. It is always best to check with the airline directly to determine their specific policies.
Here are some examples of situations where a child would be considered an unaccompanied minor:
- A child who is flying from New York to Los Angeles without a parent or guardian.
- A child who is traveling with a sibling who is also a minor.
- A child who is connecting to another flight in a different city without an adult present.
If you are planning to book a flight for an unaccompanied minor, be sure to contact the airline well in advance to arrange for the UM service.
What is the Booking process for Unaccompanied Minors?
Booking a flight for an Norwegian Air unaccompanied minor requires some additional steps compared to booking a regular ticket. These additional steps help the minor to check in with Pet with Norwegian Air Pet Policy. Here’s a general overview of the booking process:
Contact the airline: The first step is to contact the airline directly to inquire about their UM policies and procedures. Airlines may have different age restrictions, booking requirements, and fees associated with UM service.
Check eligibility: Ensure your child meets the airline’s age criteria for UMs. Typically, children between the ages of 5 and 14 are eligible for UM service, but some airlines may have different requirements.
Provide necessary documents: Gather the required documents for your child’s travel, such as a birth certificate or passport, a photocopy of the adult’s ID who will be dropping off and picking up the child, and any necessary travel documents (visas, immigration forms, etc.).
Arrange UM service: Request UM service at the time of booking. The airline will provide you with an UM service form that needs to be completed and submitted. This form typically includes details about the child, the travel itinerary, and the contact information for the designated adult at each airport.
Confirm arrangements: Once the booking is complete, confirm with the airline that the UM service has been properly arranged and that you have received all necessary instructions for check-in, baggage handling, and pick-up procedures.
Pay applicable fees: Be prepared to pay any applicable UM service fees, which may vary depending on the airline and the length of the journey.
Arrive early for check-in: On the day of travel, arrive at the airport early to allow ample time for check-in procedures. UM check-in typically takes longer than regular check-in, as the airline staff needs to verify the child’s identity, collect the necessary documents, and provide instructions and reassurance to the child.
Expect additional procedures: For international flights, there may be additional procedures at the departure airport, such as checking in with immigration and customs officials. Airline staff will assist the child with these procedures.
Pick up the child at the arrival airport: At the arrival airport, the designated adult should arrive early to meet the child at the designated gate or meeting area. The airline staff will ensure that the child is only released to the authorized adult upon proper identification and verification.
Unaccompanied Minor Service Rules and Regulations
The Unaccompanied Minor service is there to make sure that your child gets on the plane, meets the flight attendant, and is handed over to the right person when they reach their destination.
- Children between the ages of 5 and 11, including both, who are traveling alone or without an adult who is 16 years or older, are required to use the UM service.
- Children between the ages of 12 and 15, including both 12 and 15, do not have to use the service. However, if they ask for it, Norwegian will provide it.
- Norwegian Air Shuttle does not allow children to travel as unaccompanied minors to or from Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and the United States.
- You are not allowed to bring animals in the cabin or cargo.
- You cannot book UM or request additional assistance by email.
- You must check-in at least 1 hour before your departure.
- You cannot travel on connecting flights with UM.
Norwegian Air Unaccompanied Minor Policy is designed with the utmost care to ensure the safety and well-being of young travelers. By understanding the booking process, airport procedures, and in-flight experience, parents and guardians can have peace of mind when their children embark on solo adventures.
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