British Airways New Age Requirements for Unaccompanied Minors
- This applies to all new bookings made from 1 May 2018. Bookings made before 1 May 2018 will be unaffected.
- If the young flyer is accompanied by someone who is aged 16 or over (on the same or a linked booking), British Airways will still allow them to travel.
- All young flyers aged under 16 and travelling alone must complete a parental/guardian consent form before travel. The consent form is mandatory for all travel from 1 May 2018 regardless of when the booking was made and is available to download here.
- If you would like to make a booking for a person under the age of 16 who is travelling on their own, this cannot be made on ba.com. Please contact your Travel Agent/Advisor or British Airways to make the booking.
The parent/guardian should ensure that the young person carries with them at all times:
- Any necessary travel documentation such as valid passport(s), visas and proof of return travel (as required).
- A signed British Airways consent form
- Any required medication and/or health certificates
- The ability to communicate with their parent/guardian and/or the person collecting them at the destination (please ensure all phones/mobile devices are fully charged, with sufficient credit and roaming is activated).
- The means of payment should it be necessary for any expenses. Please note that on short-haul flights British Airways offers a drink service and refreshments from Marks & Spencer which are payable only by debit or credit card or Avios.
If a young flyer is travelling on their own, please be aware that they will be booked to travel as an adult, and therefore will be making their way through departure and arrival airports and boarding their flight(s) without a chaperone. British Airways cannot accept parental responsibility for the young person. We recommend that the parent or guardian accompanying children to the airport waits until their flight departs before leaving the terminal.
*This post originally appeared as a press release from British Airways.