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March 19, 2022

Kids' Solo Travel Made Easier

How did parents ever survive without the Internet? Just think how often we take it for granted these days.

Need a recipe for homemade clay? Google it. Want to know the symptoms of fifth disease? It's all there. Need the lyrics to a Led Zeppelin song to win a bet with your teenager? The Web is your not-so-secret weapon.

So of course I knew right where to go when Randy and I decided that our son, Matt, would be taking his first solo flight (as an "unaccompanied minor," to use the airlines' terminology).

After talking with the airline and scoping everything out, I relied on Google to dig up some additional tips. The best ones I found were at www.travelwithyourkids.com, including:

°   If possible, select early-morning flights. These are delayed less often and, if there is a problem, the airline still has the whole day to sort things out and still deliver your child.

°    Make sure the person picking up your child at the other end has proper photo ID. If the airline is doing its job, they won’t release your child to a person without ID no matter how loudly your kid shouts “Grandma! Grandma!”

Will I still worry a little until Matt's safely back home? Sure. But Delta Airlines couldn't have been more helpful in answering my basic questions. And Google and travelwithyourkids.com helped me answer those questions I didn't even know I had. Gotta love the Web.

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