In todays fast paced and frenetic society there are more children travelling alone then ever before. There is no longer a view that special treatment is always given as it would seem to have been in the past.
After the attacks of 9/11 and other security scares it is certainly understandable that meeting the pilot and all access trips to the cockpit are a distant memory. At the same time it is worth considering whether perhaps the pendulum has swung a little too far in the other direction. As a society are we perhaps guilty of treating children classified as Unaccompanied minors too much as seasoned travellers?
It is obviously not possible for a child travelling unaccompanied to be supervised at all times by the airline. The fight attendants and duty supervisors have other duties and passengers to whom they must be available also. As a community what is the view here? Are some airlines getting this right more so than others and where is the balance between policy and cost constraints that all airlines experience and the safety and duty of care required for our unaccompanied minor travellers? Please comment with shared thoughts and experiences here?
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