Children travelling alone

Due to a decline in demand, we no longer operate an unaccompanied minor (Skyflyer Solo) service for flights operated by British Airways and BA CityFlyer.

As part of our commitment to child safeguarding, from 1 May 2018, the minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways has increased from 12 to 14 years of age. This applies to all new bookings made from this date. We will continue to permit children under the age of 14 to travel accompanied (with someone aged 16 or older on the same or a TCP linked booking) and bookings made prior to this date will be unaffected.

In addition, all customers under 16 and travelling alone from 1 May 2018 (including for bookings made prior to this date) should complete a parental/guardian consent form prior to travel. Parents/guardians will need to download, print and complete the form prior to travel. The young flyer must ensure they bring the form with them and carry it at all times during their trip. British Airways requires this consent form in order to provide the young flyer with the help and care they may need during unexpected disruption.

You must add the keyword YPTA to bookings so we can identify solo young flyers under 16 years travelling on or after 1 May 2018.

If an adult and child are travelling on separate PNRs, the bookings should be TCP linked.

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Disruptive behaviour, either on the ground or onboard, conflicts with us being a safe and secure airline and may also endanger the child or passengers around them. Some incidents have led to children being banned from flying with us unaccompanied.

If a child has been disruptive, the parent or guardian collecting the child on arrival will be informed that the child misbehaved during the flight and their future travel with us will be reviewed by BA Security. Full contact details for the parent or guardian will be taken and a report detailing the incident will be completed. The parent or guardian will be notified by letter if the child is banned from flying unaccompanied until their 16th birthday. This ban does not prohibit the child from travelling when accompanied by an adult.

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Some countries require children who are travelling without their parents or guardians to present additional documentation. Please contact the local embassy or check for further information online:

IATA Travel Centre and Visa Central

Italian nationals up to and including the age of 13 must hold a completed a Dichiarazione Di Affido, when leaving Italy and travelling on their own or with travelling with someone other than their parents or legal guardian. They are required to hold their own passport together along with a Dichiarazione di Affido signed by both parents which can be obtained from the local police (Questura), excluding airport police offices. A Dichiarazione di Affido can also be issued by the Italian Embassy or consulate.

South Africa
For detailed information please visit the Home Affairs SA website

Mexican Migration Authorities require that children travelling alone must:

  1. Visit the National Institute of Migration website and complete a SAM online form
  2. Take the following documents to the airport migration office: SAM online form, birth certificate, copy of minor's passport, identification of the adult/guardian/parent
  3. The documents above will be sealed by migration office and should be given to the British Airways counter at least 3 hours before departure

For more information, visit the National Institute of Migration website

Romanian nationals under 18 years of age must carry a letter of authorisation from both parents and must be booked as an unaccompanied minor if they are travelling on their own. If they have divorced parents, a copy of the final divorce decree must accompany the letter of authorisation. In the event of a deceased parent, a copy of the death certificate must accompany the letter of authorisation. 

There is no unaccompanied minor lounge in Geneva, so parents or guardians must accompany children under 18 to the aircraft gate. As the journey to the gate crosses the Swiss Border, a passport is required for all customers going to the gate. Parents or guardians should therefore be advised to have their passport with them or the unaccompanied minor will not be accepted for travel.

Travelling to and from Algeria, Libya, The Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia
A maximum of 14 unaccompanied minors will be permitted per flight on these routes, as Skyflyer in-flight escorts are not available. This includes young passengers aged between 12 and 18 registered as unaccompanied minors.

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A child travelling on their own under the age of 15 years, must be booked as UMNR for any flight operated by
American Airlines.

UMNR must not be booked on BA*AA. All flights must be booked on AA prime and American Airlines will not accept UMNR on interline journeys.

If a child is accompanied by an adult booked in a separate PNR, both bookings must have the correct TCP element which includes the name and flight details of the accompanying adult.

Any solo child, under the age of 15 years will be cancelled by American Airlines, unless the correct TCP elements have been included in the PNR.