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Virgin Atlantic changes Unaccompanied Minors policy

24 Jun 2017

Virgin Atlantic has recently reviewed its unaccompanied minors policy.

As a result, some changes have been made to the minimum age in which Virgin Atlantic class a passenger as an adult, accompanying a minor.

New Minimum Age for Adult Accompanying a Child

The current minimum age for an adult accompanying a child (under 12) is 16.

With effect from the 7th June 2017, this has been raised to 18. This will apply to all new bookings made from 7th June 2017 onwards.

For bookings made prior to the 7th June, the current minimum age of 16 years will remain.

The only exception to this is when a child is travelling with its own parent or legal guardian who is less than 18 years.

Children under 5 years old

Children under 5 years of age cannot travel unaccompanied and cannot be accepted for the unaccompanied minor service.

Any child aged between 0 – 5 years (up the day before his or her 5th birthday) MUST be accompanied and seated with an adult aged 18 years or over at all time. (Effective 7th June)

(16 years or over for any bookings made prior to the 7th June)

Children aged 5 – 11 years old

The unaccompanied minor service is mandatory for all children aged between 5 – 11 years, travelling without an accompanying adult. (Up to and including the day before his or her 12th birthday).

This policy also applies if they are travelling in a different cabin from an accompanying adult.

Young Passengers aged 12 to 17 years old

Children aged between 12 – 18 years (up to and including the day before his or her 18th birthday) may opt to be classified as an unaccompanied minor; however this is not mandatory and they can decline.

If they do so, they will be registered as a Young Person Travelling Alone which will ensure that airport staff and crew are aware that there is a young person travelling alone.


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