Table: Children Flying Solo
-- Don't put your kid on a plane alone if he or she hasn't flown before.
-- Use the "mall test" to make sure your young traveler is self-sufficient enough: Can she get to a mall by public transportation, make purchases, eat, find the bathroom, and then make her way home?
-- Let your child know what to expect on the trip, such as a time change and length of the flight.
-- Make sure your child carries identification and a copy of the itinerary in a safe place, along with all pertinent contact phone numbers.
-- Equip your child with a prepaid calling card and a cell phone, if possible.
-- Plan to be at a number where your child or the airline can reach you immediately for the duration of the trip.
-- Avoid routes that require a connecting flight.