Delta: Children Flying Alone

What is Unaccompanied Minor Service?

Young children traveling without a parent or legal guardian are considered to be Unaccompanied Minors. Most airlines provide a service to assist these children from their point of departure to their final destination.

What are the rules and restrictions for Unaccompanied Minor service?

  • Unaccompanied service is required for all children 5 -14 years old when not traveling in the same compartment with an adult at least 18 years old or the child's parent/legal guardian.
  • Children ages 5 - 7 years can fly on nonstop flights only.
  • Children ages 8 - 14 years can fly on nonstop or connecting flights, but may only connect to other Delta, Delta Connection (excluding AA Eagle), KLM, and Air France flight.
  • Children 15 - 17 are not required to have unaccompanied service but Delta will provide it when requested.
  • An unaccompanied child can not be booked on the last connecting flight of the evening. This is to prevent the need for an overnight stay in a hotel. Contact Reservation Sales before you book here at if you have questions about connecting flights.
  • Unaccompanied minors will not be permitted on Red Eye flights, that is, those departing between 9pm and 5am. Exceptions:
    • Flights to or from Alaska or Hawaii
    • International flight
    • Domestic short haul flights (2 hours or less, non stop)
    • Markets with only one connection and it is the last flight of the day

What are the fees associated with this service?

A $150 fee, to be paid at check-in, is due for one way travel. Only one $150 fee will be charged for up to four children traveling together.

How do I book this service?

Either call Delta reservations (1-800-221-1212) or book online. If booking online, you must contact Reservation Sales (1-800-221-1212) to notify Delta that you have purchased a ticket for a child that will be traveling alone and provide the flight number, date of travel, and name of the traveling child. You must also provide the name, address, and telephone number of the person bringing your child to the airport as well as the person who will meet your child at the final destination.