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    Unaccompanied Minors

    I didnt know which thread to put this in, but has anyone got any experience of flying kids in the 5-11 age group over from the UK ?

    I don't really wanna do that but the alternative is to pay for the ex wife and her new fella and have to tolerate them banging away in my spare room through the summer hols.

    So I'm gonna risk the kids

    Ive done some due dilligence

    What is Unaccompanied Minor Service?

    Young children traveling without a parent or legal guardian are considered to be Unaccompanied Minors. Most airlines provide a service to assist these children from their point of departure to their final destination.
    What age does my child have to be to qualify as an Unaccompanied Minor?

    The service is mandatory for children ages 5-12 traveling without an adult. Malaysia Airlines also provides an escort service for children under the age of 5 who are traveling alone.
    What are the fees associated with this service?

    Contact Malaysia Airlines for more information.
    Are there any flight restrictions?

    Contact Malaysia Airlines for more information.
    How do I book this service

    Call Malaysia Airlines Reservations.
    So I will call them tomorrow, if it's too much ......do any non pedo's want a free flight, lodgings and maid duties ? Or maybe just post up some news articles of kids lost in transit

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    Any minor flying has to be escorted by an adult ,

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    only to the departing airport desk, then i will have to show photo id when i collect them at the other end.

    I am very sceptical about doing this, the worse thing is, my sister in law is coming over here then with her kids, but it's too much for her to bring my 2 and theyre not infants and are well behaved. but you cant pick family. So I either do it this way or offer a close friend a free hol

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    My son is flying unaccompanied in 4 weeks, I'll let ya know how it goes.

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    cheers willy, my main concern though, is it wont be a direct flight and its still fresh in my mind the guy who was under guard after being extradited from Oz who managed to flee the whole airport at BKK.
    Although they wont be flying via Thailand its still a bit unnerving

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    Aaaah, that makes it more tricky, I deliberately booked flights that had a direct option for that peace of mind.

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    A while back in the seat beside me there was a boy of maybe 10 years flying alone. There was no problem, the stewardess was looking after him occasionally. But he was already used to flying alone and was comfortable with it.

    But 5 years old is quite young. I understand a 5 year old and an 11 year old?
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    may be an option, pay for the ex wife and her new fellow, you can start off listneing to them banging away and end the senariao by joing in on a 3 some and end up by banging her new guy, result one VERY pissed off ex wife.

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    Dilli

    have a read of dome of these

    https://www.google.co.th/webhp?sourc...w=1366&bih=667

    The airways are littered with kids being flown unaccompanied at the start and end of term times so i wouldn't worry unduly about it. However, don't cheap out on the tickets - go with a reputable carrier and not the cheapest, try and get direct, and if they have to change, get the change close to you so that you can actually jump on a hop flight to collect them there - when things go wrong it is often with transfers it seems).

    Got to be better than having your ex wife getting filled up like a cream horn in your bedsit.
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    Mine did it at 12 to the states and back with a connecting flight in Hong Kong. They are watched from the minute they check in. The get a sticker they must wear indicating they are flying unaccompanied. They have a handler to walk them through customs to the plane. In transit they are met at the planes door and taken to the next gate, or to a place to eat or wait. Then put back on the plane. This was Cathay Pacific and it was very well done. 10% on top of the fare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers
    But 5 years old is quite young. I understand a 5 year old and an 11 year old?
    No, thats normally the age range for unaccompanied minors. I have a boy 9 and a girl 7. the boy is a lot more mature than his sister and does tell her off and boss her about.


    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    The airways are littered with kids being flown unaccompanied at the start and end of term times so i wouldn't worry unduly about it. However, don't cheap out on the tickets - go with a reputable carrier and not the cheapest, try and get direct, and if they have to change, get the change close to you so that you can actually jump on a hop flight to collect them there - when things go wrong it is often with transfers it seems).
    If I do this, they will definitely fly direct. I can just drive down to KL and pick them up. i've just tried ringing Air Malaysia, I was bloody 50th in the queue so I hung up. I expect they will be busy now with ramadam around the corner

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    http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/stor...efocus/7042532

    I would imagine that you can book it on line, or if you use a travel agent get them to do the leg work for you. If they are coming from the UK though I would stick em on BA because the BA trolly dolly's are all old grannies, and with kids, you want the old granny trolly dollys and not the young hot pieces of ass we are looking for for a mid air service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    Got to be better than having your ex wife getting filled up like a cream horn in your bedsit.
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    the young hot pieces of ass we are looking for for a mid air service
    Go have a wank Pseudo

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    Just sayin' like

    Ropiest oldest ones i came across were on KLM. I kept on trying to offer them my seat, forgetting it was their job and assumed they were a load of old dorris's having to stand up on a bus.

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    Dillie, I might be up for it!
    Send me a PM with dates etc...

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    I have to run it through their Mum first(leave it pseudo) Charley.
    I think Aging One is not far off the mark with the price, judging other airlines, the price varies from only 50-100 USD for each child

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    I flew unaccompanied across the Atlantic many times as a kid, starting from age 5, but most US and European airlines no longer allow this. Best to check with each airline. When I used to work for United Airlines kids under 12 had to be accompanied by an adult. That was ~12 years ago, no idea what the policy is today.

    When it's time to collect my kid I just suck it up, fly over and get him. It's a big waste of time and money as I end up making 2 international rounds trips for his single round trip, but I just wouldn't feel comfortable sending him on an international flight alone at his age...

    Otherwise, your idea of finding a trustworthy adult to accompany your minor children could also work, assuming the airline you choose will accept such an arrangement.

    Best of luck!

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    ^ Cheers, yeah it's an expensive game doing 2 round trips, especially in July/August from the UK, plus the 30 odd hours flight time I'd have to endure.
    I will find out off air malaysia the exact protocol, especially regarding the boarding lounge

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    MH for children

    I would imagine that you can book it on line, or if you use a travel agent get them to do the leg work for you. If they are coming from the UK though I would stick em on BA because the BA trolly dolly's are all old grannies, and with kids, you want the old granny trolly dollys and not the young hot pieces of ass we are looking for for a mid air service.
    Not only the women but the stewards,most seem to be gay and cant wait to show their mothering qualities ---actually they really are great with kids

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    I understand your dilemma Dilly and with the airlines support I feel they should be OK but as it seems you are concerned wouldn't it be better you take a few days to fly there and bring them here under your guidance?

    You will experience their excitement right from departure and make this holiday something special even before they arrive in Thailand.

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    " Piss Orf are they flying alone, what kind of dad are you to even think about that, you tosser?" said their classy Mom.

    hmmmm

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    My children did that a few times. They are still alive. I wasn't aware that some airlines don't do it any more.

    Maybe it simply depends on the airline. British Airways still does it. 5-12 year olds. Over 12-18 is optional. Austrian airlines still do it. Fiinair still does it.

    So far I'm 3 for 3.

    Emirates 4 for 4.

    Ethihad 5 for 5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    " Piss Orf are they flying alone, what kind of dad are you to even think about that, you tosser?" said their classy Mom.

    hmmmm
    Well you are a bit stuffed then. Just tell her you are a bit skint, and that you will put an advert in craigslist to see if someone will do it for the same price as paying the police checked and qualified Airline Nannies who are backed up with sky marshals etc (layer it on a bit). That should change her mind sharpish.

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