Don’t be surprised if your next airplane seatmate has a Spiderman carry-on bag and elite frequent flier status.
Millions of children between the ages of 5 and 14 fly alone every year, as what the airlines call “UMs” or unaccompanied minors. Many of these small-fry fliers travel year-round, shuttling back and forth between divorced parents on weekends, at Thanksgiving and during the winter school breaks. Tons more tykes take to the skies at the end of summer, heading home from camp or vacation with the grandparents.
The airlines promise to watch over your kids if they must fly somewhere alone. But it will cost you a lot more than it used to. Find out just how much more, and get some advice from an experienced “UM,” in my most recent column on USA TODAY.