First of all I notice most of the comments have the phrase "when I was", yes back WHEN is right! We do not live back when! The comment made about how we need to worry more about the flight difficulties than people or kidnappers....what??? Do you watch the news??? Please, no offense, it's just this is not a time where we need to be throwing our kids around to complete strangers, that's what they are, strangers! They are our responsibility and to put your trust in a complete stranger that is "taking care" of your child thousands of miles in the air, then them being busy stuerdist on top of all possible Kaos is a little thoughtless. I know I may seem like one of those paranoid parents but my mother always said, "better safe than sorry"! I have stuck with that my whole life! From experience though, I was 12 when my mother flew me from ATL to LAX and this was back in 1992, (over 20 yrs ago) and I have to tell ya I did fine on the flight, nervous at times, but when I got back off in ATL, the stuerdist abandoned me! My mother was late, stuck in traffic and I was scared out of my mind, I was just about to cry with hundreds of people passing by, then I caught glimpse of my mom, she was running full force to greet me! She saw that I was alone, and was very angry! Fortunatly nobody bothered me or led me to believe that they were picking me up cause my mom and dad weren't able to make it. Yes, we have to think about these things very sad but true! Dateline did an investagation yrs back and had a 8 yr old little girl fly round trip and she had a video camera on the whole time, they found she was left alone on the plane about 15 min, and at the airport standing, waiting on the stuerdist to finish helping the others unboard for 20 min.....INSANE! So, yes we can't worry ourselves to death as parents but I'm just saying it's our duty to have good judgement and wiegh out the pro's and cons. Way too many con's in this situation, in my oppinion.
When Should a Child Travel Alone?
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