13yo travelling to China ALONE

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13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby Emelyn » Mon May 07, 2012 1:47 pm

Hi Parents,

My brother & family are now in Beijing.
I am thinking of sending my 13yo son over in June for a short holiday.
Does any airline provide services to "look after" young kids without accompanying adults ?
I am quite worried about the following:
(a) what if some bad guys put some drugs or stolen goods or prohibited items inside his hand luggage, jacket, etc ?
(b) what if he encounter problem while clearing customs, boarding the plane, alighting the plane ?

I have a relative used to "send" her son between SG and Taiwan. And her son will be taken care of by the air-stewardess. That was many many years ago. But her son was small then. My son is already 13yo. Still got such service ?

Any advise ?

Regards

Emelyn
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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby LOLMum » Mon May 07, 2012 2:05 pm

for myself, a BIG NO NO NO especially to china and a few other places.

anything can happen between alighting from plane to waiting for relative to pick up after immigration clearance.

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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby auntieM » Mon May 07, 2012 2:54 pm

Hi Emelyn,
Try googling 'unaccompanied minor' on flights and you can get most details.
SIA provides this service for youths up to 18 year old. The crew will bring your child to front of cabin and hand over personally to ground staff, who will then ascot all the way to arrival. Seems quite reliable then, not sure if still good now.. :smile:

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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby verykiasu2010 » Tue May 08, 2012 12:36 am

auntieM wrote:Hi Emelyn,
Try googling 'unaccompanied minor' on flights and you can get most details.
SIA provides this service for youths up to 18 year old. The crew will bring your child to front of cabin and hand over personally to ground staff, who will then ascot all the way to arrival. Seems quite reliable then, not sure if still good now.. :smile:


still the same

at check in, please notify it is "unaccompanied minor" and they will send someone to bring the boy through immigration and escort all the way to boarding gate - then the airline staff take over and escort all the way to seat, give soft toy, etc make sure the boy is comfortable and when landed, the airline will have someone coming to the aircraft door to fetch and bring him through immigration and luggage collection etc and bring him out to the waiting relative.

both the boy and the receiving relative must know how to recognise each other and their names etc

quite safe. I do send young kids, as well as illiterate old people to ang mo countries in this way. airlines i used before include SIA, Qantas, Air Canada, United Airlines, Air Asia etc
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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby metz » Tue May 08, 2012 1:09 am

Just last year, I had an eleven-year old house guest who made his way to France all by himself as an unaccompanied minor. Think he had a great time onboard the SQ airplane, with nobody to nag at him. :wink:

As what vk2010 mentioned, the eleven-year old was very well taken care of. However, I'm not so sure about the safety issues at China airport.
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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby Emelyn » Tue May 08, 2012 8:54 am

Thanks for all the inputs !!
Appreciate it.

Next...have to discuss with boy.
My brother has been asking for him to go over everytime we talk. My bro's family are having a very good and fun time there. They just went camping 2 weekends ago in the mountain, pitching tents beside the little stream, in the cool weather.
Also, thought it is a good idea to "immerse" him in the chinese-speaking environment....

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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby winchester » Tue May 08, 2012 11:11 am

Emelyn wrote:Thanks for all the inputs !!
Appreciate it.

Next...have to discuss with boy.
My brother has been asking for him to go over everytime we talk. My bro's family are having a very good and fun time there. They just went camping 2 weekends ago in the mountain, pitching tents beside the little stream, in the cool weather.
Also, thought it is a good idea to "immerse" him in the chinese-speaking environment....


yah should be fun esp the camping if he is not exposed to it before. and the chinese immersion experience would be good for anybody.

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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby auntieM » Tue May 08, 2012 12:32 pm

chamonix wrote:Just last year, I had an eleven-year old house guest who made his way to France all by himself as an unaccompanied minor. Think he had a great time onboard the SQ airplane, with nobody to nag at him. :wink:

As what vk2010 mentioned, the eleven-year old was very well taken care of. However, I'm not so sure about the safety issues at China airport.

Normally will see these minors upgraded before landing when the flight is not full..guess easier to keep an eye on them in case they go missing after plane landed.

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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby verykiasu2010 » Wed May 09, 2012 2:05 am

auntieM wrote:
chamonix wrote:Just last year, I had an eleven-year old house guest who made his way to France all by himself as an unaccompanied minor. Think he had a great time onboard the SQ airplane, with nobody to nag at him. :wink:

As what vk2010 mentioned, the eleven-year old was very well taken care of. However, I'm not so sure about the safety issues at China airport.

Normally will see these minors upgraded before landing when the flight is not full..guess easier to keep an eye on them in case they go missing after plane landed.


they will either let the minor disembark first to be handed over to the airlines' ground staff, or disembark last, to make sure not lost. The airlines will tell them stay in seat until someone come into aircraft to get them
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Re: 13yo travelling to China ALONE

Postby phankao » Wed May 09, 2012 8:08 am

auntieM wrote:
chamonix wrote:Just last year, I had an eleven-year old house guest who made his way to France all by himself as an unaccompanied minor. Think he had a great time onboard the SQ airplane, with nobody to nag at him. :wink:

As what vk2010 mentioned, the eleven-year old was very well taken care of. However, I'm not so sure about the safety issues at China airport.

Normally will see these minors upgraded before landing when the flight is not full..guess easier to keep an eye on them in case they go missing after plane landed.


Just a few weeks ago, I saw a rather "old" teenager being watched after by airline staff at Madrid airport. Being "ang mo", he didn't look that young actually, but I think he was around 15 yrs old. So I suppose this service is available for until perhaps 18?

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