Children travelling alone
If your child is about to embark on their first adventure without you, here’s everything you need to know to help make sure it goes smoothly.
How old does a child have to be to fly alone?
We allow children aged 14 or older to travel alone with us on domestic or international British Airways flights.
Children under 13 years old cannot travel alone with us. They must be accompanied by someone aged 16 or over on the same or a linked booking to travel with us.
Our partner airline SUN-AIR of Scandinavia follow different guidelines. Please see below for more information.
Booking flights for children under the age of 16
A child aged 14 or 15 years old travelling alone will be booked to travel as an adult. To book their ticket, please get in touch via our Contact Us page as you’re unable to book this online.
The young traveller will be making their own way through departure and arrival airports and boarding their flight(s) without assistance or a chaperone. We’re unable to accept parental responsibility for the young person.
Our partner airlines may have different regulations, age limits and charges, so please check with them directly.
What your child needs to travel alone
All children aged 14 or 15 travelling alone must carry with them:
- A British Airways consent form (pdf, 124kb, English only), completed and signed by a parent/guardian.
- A copy of photographic identification of the parent/guardian who completed the form showing their signature, such as passport or driving licence.
- Any required travel documentation, such as valid passport(s), visas and proof of return travel. Check what they need for their destination.
These three documents must always remain in the child’s possession while travelling.
We also advise your child carries with them:
- Any required medication and/or health certificates.
- Method of payment for any expenses.
- A way to communicate with their parent or guardian, as well as the person they are meeting at their destination. Please ensure all phones and devices are fully charged, with sufficient credit and roaming activated.
At the airport
You can accompany your young traveller up to the security gate. Anyone not flying with us is unable to go past this point, because we cannot offer gate passes at any of our airports. Airport colleagues will be able to tell you the latest time your child can stay with you before they need to go through security and onto their departure gate.
We recommended that you wait until their flight takes off before leaving the terminal.
It can help to look at the airport terminal maps with your child before arriving at the airport so they’re familiar with their journey. Some airports do offer paid assistance to help customers to their boarding gate. Please visit the airport’s website for more information.
Children travelling alone on SUN-AIR flights
SUN-AIR, our partner airline, allows young children between the ages of five and 11 years to travel without a parent or legal guardian provided you contact the airline in advance. Children over the age of 12 can travel unaccompanied on SUN-AIR operated flights, although young flyers between 12-16 years can use the SUN-AIR Unaccompanied Minor service on request.
You’ll need to book and pay for the SUN-AIR Unaccompanied Minor service in advance. You can’t book this service online, so please contact SUN-AIR for more information and to make your booking.