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[email protected]
07-26-2011, 07:37 PM
Last week my 13 year old son flew alone on Jet Blue. After purchasing tickets on line (with no mention of unaccompanied minor ages or fees), we were told during checkin on the day of the flight, that we had to pay an additional 89.00 each way because he was under age. (Which is 14 according to Jet Blue)
We didn't want to have to tell our son he couldn't go at that point, so we paid the fee.

We walked him all the way to the loading ramp at the plane, and he was picked up at the loading ramp by a friend at his final destination. This was a DIRECT flight.

Jet Blue did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. So what was the additional $178.00 fee for? It's a fraudulent way to wring money out of a customer.

The 'cheap fare' airlines usually end up being more expensive, thanks to dishonesty and lack of truth in advertising.

A320FAN
07-26-2011, 10:41 PM
Last week my 13 year old son flew alone on Jet Blue. After purchasing tickets on line (with no mention of unaccompanied minor ages or fees), we were told during checkin on the day of the flight, that we had to pay an additional 89.00 each way because he was under age. (Which is 14 according to Jet Blue)
We didn't want to have to tell our son he couldn't go at that point, so we paid the fee.

We walked him all the way to the loading ramp at the plane, and he was picked up at the loading ramp by a friend at his final destination. This was a DIRECT flight.

Jet Blue did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. So what was the additional $178.00 fee for? It's a fraudulent way to wring money out of a customer.

The 'cheap fare' airlines usually end up being more expensive, thanks to dishonesty and lack of truth in advertising.

Almost all airlines charge a fee for handling unaccompanied children. You are paying to have your child escorted to the aircraft and if the person meeting he/she/it is not at the airport, we have to look have the child.
Also suppose the aircraft diverted due to a weather issue or a maintaince
issue, then the in-flight and flight ops (pilots) look after the child till he/she/it gets to the final destination, and Oh yes if he/she/it (the Unaccompanied minor is travling to Santo Domingo, please remember to providehe/she/it with the $10.00 for the Visa/tourist card upon arrival the SDQ CBP requires for entry into the country.

This is straight from the JetBlue website regarding unaccompanied minors:

Age Requirements for an Unaccompanied Minor
An unaccompanied minor is a child between the ages of 5 and under 14 years traveling alone. There is an $85 per person fee each way for unaccompanied minors traveling on JetBlue.
Once children reach their fourteenth birthday they are no longer considered unaccompanied minors if they are traveling alone. However, customers may request additional assistance under these circumstances by calling JetBlue.



Booking an Unaccompanied Minor
Children between the ages of 5 and under 14 years who will be traveling alone are considered unaccompanied minors. The child traveling unaccompanied must have reached their fifth birthday by the date of travel to jet on JetBlue. A child who has reached their fourteenth birthday and is traveling alone is no longer considered an unaccompanied minor.
Please let us know that a child will be traveling unaccompanied when making their reservation and be prepared to supply the Reservation crewmember with the name, address and phone number, as it appears on the photo ID, of the person dropping off and picking up the child.
If you are booking the unaccompanied minor on jetblue.com, we ask that you call us after receiving your confirmation number (http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webisapi.dll/,/?St=358,E=0000000000047485096,K=5509,Sxi=10,Case=o bj(675)#) to provide us with this information. There is an $85 per person fee each way for unaccompanied minors which will be assessed at that time. Please note: the fee must be paid at the time of booking.
Photo identification is required for both parties who will be dropping off and picking up the child. The child will not be accepted or released without the guardianís photo ID. Please see specific documentation requirements below based on origin and destination country.
Additionally, it is important for the person dropping off the child that they give a JetBlue Airport crewmember their phone number before leaving the airport so that we can contact them in the event of a gate return.
Seating
Unaccompanied minors may only travel on nonstop or direct flights (http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webisapi.dll/,/?St=358,E=0000000000047485096,K=5509,Sxi=10,Case=o bj(675)#) (flights that make a stop but do not change aircraft). Unaccompanied minors will be safely seated in Row 25ABC (A320) and 25 AB (E190) so that the Inflight crew can assist them when needed.



Pick up & Drop off Requirements
Photo identification is required for both parties who drop off and pick up an unaccompanied minor. Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted without the guardian's photo ID.
If a gate pass is issued, it is the TSA's decision as to whether a young child may pass through security with the adult.
drop off information
Since guidelines vary among airports, please check the unaccompanied minor drop off section under the specific airport the unaccompanied minor is traveling from to determine if a gate pass may be issued. This information can be found by entering the airport name in the search field, then selecting the Unaccompanied Minor Information link under the main airport heading.
If a gate pass is issued, we request that the person dropping off the child leave a cell phone number with the airport so that a JetBlue Crewmember can contact them to meet their child in the event of a gate return.
pick up information
Since guidelines vary among airports, please check the unaccompanied minor pick up section under the specific airport the unaccompanied minor is traveling to, to determine if a gate pass may be issued. This information can be found by entering the airport name in the search field, then selecting the Unaccompanied Minor Information link under the main airport heading.
Please arrive at the airport no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled arrival.
The child will only be released to the person indicated on the unaccompanied minor form or on the reservation and that person must present their government issued photo ID.



Unaccompanied Minors on Other Airlines
Unaccompanied minors may not travel on connecting flights (flights that make a stop and change aircraft). JetBlue does not provide any escort for unaccompanied minors to flights connecting with other airlines. Customers will be responsible for any transfer of their minors from JetBlue to other airlines.
Please note: If an unaccompanied minor is traveling on a thru flight he/she will remain onboard with the Inflight Crew. If there is a Crew change, the unaccompanied minor will be handed over to the Gate AO Crew until the Inflight Crew arrives.




Traveling Between the U.S. and Aruba
Minors under the age of 18 traveling with a guardian other than a parent must have a notarized letter of permission in triplicate from both parents authorizing travel along with a photo ID. In addition, the letter should state the name of the person with whom the child is traveling or will be met by at the airport upon arrival.
If the child is traveling with only one parent or the sole custody parent, the traveling parent must have a notarized letter of permission from the non-custodial parent or a "Sole Custody" or "Father Unknown" document. However, if the child's last name is different from the last name of the accompanying parent(s), proof of parentage is required. Parents name changes must be documented (i.e. marriage certificate).
Passports are required.



Traveling Between the U.S. and the Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten)
There are no additional requirements for minors traveling between the United States and the Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten).


Traveling Between the U.S. and Jamaica
For minors 18 years of age and younger, traveling alone, a notarized parental letter of consent is recommended. In the case of organized group travel, the group leader must hold a letter of invitation by the organization the group will be visiting as well as how long the group will be staying.
Passports are required.



Traveling Between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic
Unaccompanied minors and other special service customers can be met after clearing Customs due to local airport procedures which do not allow the issuance of gate passes in JFK.
Passports are required.
Strict exit requirements apply to all minors under 18 years of age leaving the Dominican Republic. Such children must hold an Exit Permit signed by both parents and authorized by the Immigration Authorities in the Dominican Republic or representation of the Dominican Republic abroad. This applies to:

Residents of the Dominican Republic and traveling:
Unaccompanied; or
With an adult other than a parent or legal guardian; or
With only one parent; or
Minors leaving with different person than they have entered with, if being:
Nationals of Dominican Republic residing abroad; or
Foreign minors whose parents are nationals of Dominican Republic
Foreign nationalsPlease note: This Exit Permit is only a requirement of minors who are leaving the Dominican Republic and not for minors leaving the Unites States or entering the Dominican Republic.
This authorization must be in Spanish, and it must be notarized at a Dominican consulate in the United States or notarized and then certified at the Dominican Attorney Generalís office (Procuraduria de la Republica) if done in the Dominican Republic. Though not a requirement for non-resident minors (in the Dominican Republic), the U.S. Embassy recommends that any minor traveling to the Dominican Republic without one or both parents have a notarized document from the parent(s). This letter of authorization must:

Be written in Spanish;
Contain the name of the child, the parent or legal guardian, and, if applicable, the adult accompanying the child; and
Be signed by the parent or legal guardian in front of a Consulate or Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic.The U.S. Embassy recommends that minors (under 18 years of age) traveling alone, without one parent, or with anyone other than the parent(s) who are not residents of the Dominican Republic, have a notarized document incorporating the following:

Current Date
Childís full name and date of birth
The names of the parent, legal guardian, adult accompanying the minor, or if the child is traveling as an unaccompanied minor
Travel Destination
Where the child is staying
Duration of stay
Purpose of travel
The letter should be signed by the non-traveling parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and it should include the address and phone number of the non-traveling parent(s). The letter can be notarized by any Notary.The specific guidelines on the Dominican regulations governing the travel of children in the Dominican Republic may be found in Spanish at http://www.migracion.gov.do (http://www.migracion.gov.do/) or click here. (http://www.migracion.gov.do/)



Traveling Between the U.S. and Costa Rica
There are no additional requirements for minors traveling between the United States and Costa Rica.


Traveling Between the U.S. and Colombia
To prevent international child abduction, Colombia has implemented special exit procedures for Colombian children under 18 who are departing the country without both their mother and their father or a legal guardian. These procedures apply to U.S. citizen children if they are also Colombian citizens or if they are legal residents of Colombia. The procedures do not apply to U.S. citizen children present in Colombia as tourists using a U.S. passport. Complying with the procedures can be complex and time-consuming, especially if an absent parent is outside Colombia at the time. Advance planning is essential.
The procedures are as follows: Upon exiting the country, the person traveling with the child (or the child him/herself) must present a certified copy of the childís birth certificate, along with written, signed authorization from the absent parent(s) or legal guardian. The authorization must explicitly grant permission for the child to travel alone, with one parent, or with a third party, by name. When a parent is deceased, a notarized copy of a death certificate is required instead of written authorization. When one parent has sole custody of the child, that parent may present a custody decree instead of the other parentís written authorization.
If the documents to be presented originated in the United States, they must first be translated into Spanish and then signed in front of a Colombian consul at a Colombian consulate. Then, upon arrival in Colombia, the documents must be presented to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for certification of the consulís signature.
Alternatively, the documents can be translated into Spanish, then notarized by a notary public in the United States, and authenticated by requesting an apostille from the competent authority in the state where the documents were prepared. The document, translation, and apostille can then be presented to immigration officers at the airport when the child travels.
If the documents originated in Colombia and are written in Spanish, only notarization by a Colombian notary is required. For documents originating in countries other than the United States or Colombia, please inquire with the Colombian embassy serving that country.
In cases where the absent parent refuses or is unable to provide consent, the other parent can request assistance from the Colombian child protective service, Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF). In appropriate cases, ICBF will investigate and may issue a document that will allow the child to travel without both parentsí consent. This process may take a significant amount of time and is not within the control of the U.S. government.



Traveling Between the U.S. and Bermuda
Children under the age of 16 traveling with an adult other than their parents must have the appropriate travel documentation along with a letter from the parent(s) authorizing the child to be accompanied by the respective adult for the trip.
Parents of adopted children should be particularly careful that they carry with them the proper documents of the child if different nationality from the parents.
Parents in the process of adopting children are advised not to leave their country with the children until all the legalities and paperwork is finalized.
Children entering Bermuda for the purpose of adoption must be in possession of documents from the Bermuda Department of Immigration confirming their entry into Bermuda for adoption.
Passports are required.



Traveling Between the U.S. and the Bahamas
For minors 16 years of age and younger, traveling alone, a notarized parental letter of consent is recommended. In the case of organized group travel, a letter is not necessary. It is assumed that the chaperone has obtained prior permission.
Passports are required.


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[email protected]
07-27-2011, 01:04 AM
As pointed out........no one from Jet Blue accompanied my son. We took him to the point where he showed a boarding pass, and he was picked up by a friend as he disembarked.

The only thing Jet Blue did was to line their pockets.

The unaccompanied minor fees aren't exactly clearly posted when purchasing tickets, nor are the age cut offs. On top of that, the fee's are outrageous. They cost more than the actual airfare.

No problem, we'll just make sure never to fly Jet Blue again, and highly recommend that no one we know does so either.