Pediatric medical escort services

Medical Escort Services for Unaccompanied Minors

Air travel has become so commonplace today that many of us do not even give it a second thought. When we have to get somewhere fast, we fly. But what if you have a child that needs to visit a parent or grandparent out of state and you are unable to accompany them? Many children fly alone every year. Airlines have specific procedures to protect the well-being of juveniles flying by themselves.

Considerations for Unaccompanied Minors

General airline policies state who can fly alone. Most U.S. airlines will permit children from 5 years of age to 11 to travel pursuant to special “unaccompanied minor” procedures. Other airlines may require such procedures up to the age of 15. For ages 5 through 7, only nonstop or direct through flights can be booked. No airlines allow children under the age of 5 years of age to travel alone and different airlines have different requirements as to what age constitutes an accompanying companion. Airlines charge a fee for unaccompanied minors as well. But regardless of what airlines dictate as an “acceptable” minimum age to fly alone, you as the parent or guardian are in the best position to decide whether your child is able to make a trip alone.

When Is a Pediatric Medical Escort Appropriate?

Medical escort services for minorsWhen you’re determining whether it’s appropriate for your child to fly alone, it may also be necessary to factor in any medical needs they may have. What if your child has a medical need such as asthma, seizures, or insulin resistance? What if she is blind or deaf, or has a mental health disorder like anxiety? What if your child requires routine medication administration during flight? These are things that airlines cannot assist with and this is exactly when a medical escort may be right for your child. A medical escort can provide additional peace of mind, as they will accompany your child all the way to their destination and not just to the security checkpoint. Whether traveling domestically or internationally, a licensed or certified pediatric medical escort is a great way to ensure the health and safety of your child when they need to travel alone.

A medical escort can even be useful when parents are accompanying the child, but there are still concerns about medical issues in-flight. A medical escort can accompany you and your child and assist with the overall planning process.

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