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  1. #11
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    Good info, thanks. Our youngest will be taking a direct flight from OKC to Vegas in late June and coming back in late July. Our oldest will connect in Phoenix on the way out, in May, and Denver on the way back, in August. There may not be too much of an issue, but it is good for us to plan for some of the odd occurrences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Boarder View Post
    Have you witnessed that happening with kids around my age, where they get stuck in a city they weren't planning and had to spend the night there? If so, did you happen to see how that got handled? My thought is if that happened for some reason, I would think we could arrange something s far as getting him into a hotel or something like that.
    I would call the respective airline customer service line and do a little role playing with them. Spell out a scenario as you see it playing out and ask them how they handle it. I have seen it where the airline books a hotel room for the youth and then has a representative of the airline basically stay on the clock and babysit them while they are in the hotel until they can get on a flight to continue travels.
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    Good thought.

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    Okie,
    I article from ABC with some good info and few articles to let yo know some of the pitfalls. Most are due to outsourcing the program to a 3 rd party vendor to handle the child in the terminal. He are the good first and then the not so good.
    Hope everything goes well.

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    Also keep in mind that if there's a weather risk significant enough to cause the concerns Hiflyr is talking about, they won't let the kids fly alone. I've had it happen before where the weather was "good enough" to take off, but there was at least a reasonable concern about the possibility of having to divert. They simply didn't let the kids fly. The airlines don't want UM's stranded, so they err on the side of conservatism.

    Yes, there are unforeseen things than can happen. But when there's the opportunity to exercise foresight, the airlines won't take a chance and let the kids up in the air.


    Alaska airlines even has a winter restriction where they won't let UM's fly into Sun Valley ID during the winter season. They just won't allow the risk.
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    Excellent posts. Thought it was going to get heated, but everyone kept their level heads.
    As far as cell phones. Also make sure they take a charger. Stuck at airports, they can find a wall outlet (sometimes depending on people) and charge.
    Make sure they take every opportunity to charge that thing even when it is 80%. Never know. Turn it off/airport mode if they don't need it so it is avail when needed. Have them text you when the get on the plane at their seat so you can help keep track. (Do this today with wife. Txt thru security, on plane, on ground...).
    Like the debit card idea. Lastly, if they haven't flown before, just tell them to enjoy the "experience". I love airports (usually because I am going somewhere fun). People watching. Seeing folks wearing shorts and flip flops going to Pittsburgh in Jan because they come from someplace warm. (maybe not, but definitely underdressed for the destination.).
    Probably more "stress" on you than them...Glad they get to get the experience they are traveling to. And youngest thru Vegas? Make sure he knows those machines in the isles aren't video games. It was cool seeing the casino buildings beside the runway. (Never been in one, never even down the road they are on.)
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    LOL about the machines. My parents will be picking him up right at the gate, so he won't be walking by them alone, but good point.

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    Well, both boys have now flown to their destinations. Our oldest left in late May, spent about a week in CA with family and has been in WY ever since. He's working hard and going through some growing pains in that area. My in-laws have already had to have a few talks with him about working with a joyful heart, not complaining and not worrying about what other people are doing, getting paid, etc. The youngest left yesterday and had a good flight. He is already enjoying some time with the family and doing some special things with my parents. He had some down time this afternoon and sent my wife a text saying "Mommy, I miss you and I want to come home". We figured he would deal with a bit more homesickness than the older one. We were very happy with the way their flights went and how they each dealt with it. It sounds like the flight attendants did give them some special attention, as well.

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    Glad it worked out!
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    Thanks. The youngest is back home now...got home last Tuesday evening, and had a great flight back. Our oldest comes home this Wednesday evening.

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