We accompanied Michael on a business trip recently and were shocked to see two separate parties of very young children flying alone across country!! I am not talking about flying from Georgia to Florida. I am talking about 2,000 miles across country! (More on the trip later but for now let’s discuss this shocking parental decision.)
We watched as two different sets of grandparents kissed kids and sent them down the jet way. I literally had my hand over my mouth as I watched the grandparents kiss the kiddos goodbye. Even my kids noticed. “Are those kids flying alone?”
One set was two sisters and they were probably like 9 and 11. The other two were the cutest and tiniest little brother and sister. I talked to the sister while waiting at the bathroom, and she told me that she was 5!!!! And her brother was 7. She told me they were going to have to change planes!!!
They kids seemed to do well. I didn’t hear any screaming or any freakouts. The little pair did go to the bathroom quite a bit. But I have to say I definitely did not see the flight attendants giving either pair very much attention. They were on their own.
I was freaking out because it looked like our seats weren’t going to be together and Rose and Walsh were going to have to sit next to each other but apart from both of us. I can’t imagine sending my 7-year-old cross country in charge of a 5-year-old.
So what do you think: Would you send a 7-year-old and 5-year-old across country alone? Would you put them on an indirect flight? (Hello you’re saving money by not accompanying them — pop for the direct freaking flight!)
Have you ever let your kids fly alone? How far? How many legs?
What is the youngest age you would let fly alone or with a sibling?