Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Unaccompanied Minor

HAW grew up as a ex-pat.  His father was in the oil industry, and HAW was having the time of his life in the far north of Scotland at boarding school.  Consequently, it meant that from a young age, he flew, often long haul, alone.

I on the other hand, was always with one or the other parent, and didn't fly solo until I started work and  doing it for business.

HAW is Scottish.  His parents live in Scotland and are rarely down to visit.  Primarily because they are divorced and we don't have the spare room to put them up.  His mother comes to stay once a year but we don't see his father and his wife that often.  To me, family is everything.  My children are so lucky that my parents are 10 minutes away and are an active part of their upbringing but the children don't see the other grandparents that often and I really want them to have a relationship with them.

Why am I telling you this you may ask?

Well, HAW is keen for Beansey, aged 8 and half to fly up to Scotland and spend half term with his cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great grandparents.  We have discussed this with him and he is so positive and excited BUT...he would have to fly on his own.

I hate flying, I suffer it because the world is a big old place that I love to explore but the thought of him flying on his own feels me with dread.  HAW is totally cool about it, after all, he was flying to Oman solo at the same age, but for me, I just feel uncomfortable about the whole thing. 

BA offer a great service which means that he would be accompanied at all times, from the minute I take him to the gate to his grandparents pick him up, but still, it makes my heart constrict.

I have a million "what if's" but I also know that he would have an amazing time and really get to know his Scottish family.  

What do you think???  Would you let your child of this age go solo??

Peace and Love

S.A.M xoxo


  1. Personally, if you have a confident child, then I'd say yes, it will be an amazing adventure and confer months of bragging rights at school. At 8, many kids are walking to school or riding the bus solo, and a flight from London to Scotland is only an hour or so, with supervision along the way.

    If you have a more timid child, or one who hasn't ever been unsupervised then you might want to do some practice activities to build confidence first, mind.

  2. I personally wouldnt but then I know I am.very over protective with my children. I only leave my boys with certain family members, have never left at a party etc. I know I need too let go a little but don't yet feel ready.

    maybe talk him, ask him how he would feel if there was turbulence for example, would he be happy onhis own?

    could you drive and meet between you and Scotland?

  3. Oh no, I'm like you and really wouldn't but I'm an utter worrier and would make myself sick with it-I'm sure he will be absolutely fine and have a great time though x

  4. Wow, it's a big one. I think it depends on the age and confidence of the child. I am sure that they take very special care of minors travelling alone these days, and I certainly had friends at school who used to fly home to Canada long-haul without parents. I'd find out more about how the airline deal with the kids in this situation before I felt ok about it..

  5. thanks Sally - he is uber confident and so up for doing it, I know he will be fine and enjoy it, it is ME that is the problem! I am more inclined now though to let him do it, spoken to BA and very confident about their policy

  6. I'm being swayed to letting him go............

  7. Yes I would. I've seen the kids on long haul doing it, they are well cared for. My OH did it from a young age and I know a family whose kids do it now. Long haul with a change of flight would scare the heebie jeebies out of me, internal flight would be no stress, the air stewards will do what they ought. You could do with finding someone who has used the service you are looking at for reassurance.

  8. No, I totally wouldn't. I know that isn't probably the most rational answer, but I just don't think I could. Sure he'll be totes fine if you do decide to let him go, I am just a massive wuss when it comes to even thinking about things like this!


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