Aer Lingus does not provide special assistance to children traveling without an adult guardian
According to the Air Lingus Unaccompanied Minors policy:
- Children below 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult passenger who is at least 16 years old.
- Unaccompanied minors between 12-15 years (inclusive) can travel alone subject to a Form of Indemnity—but no special assistance will be provided to them.
Major Policy Highlights
Unaccompanied minor children between 12-15 years of age will be accepted on Aer Lingus flights on the following conditions:
- That must travel as adult passengers.
- They must be accompanied by a parent or an adult guardian to the airport, who must proceed to the check-in counter and present a valid ID, such as a passport or driver’s license.
- Unaccompanied minors are not allowed to check in online or at the self-service check-in kiosk.
- The parent/adult guardian must fill out a Form of Indemnity at the departure airport and the child must retain a copy for each flight on the itinerary at all times. The form can be used for a return flight also.
- If an unaccompanied minor’s itinerary includes connecting flights, the rules of the concerned airlines will apply.
- Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on:
- British Airways/JetBlue connecting flights if they are under 14 years of age.
- United Airlines connecting flights if they are under 16 years of age.
- Unaccompanied minors must make their own way to their connecting flights.
- Under-18 unaccompanied minors traveling to Portugal who don’t have anyone to take responsibility for them in Portugal may be refused entry.
- Under-18 unaccompanied minors traveling out of Portugal may not be allowed to travel if they are not carrying a notarized authority letter from a parent or guardian.
- Under-18 unaccompanied minors traveling out of Portugal with just one parent must have a notarized authority letter to leave the country from the other parent who’s staying behind. A stamped letter from the local police station is also acceptable.
- Under-18 minors traveling out of France on a French national ID card must also carry a stamped letter from the French police. However, the letter isn’t required if they’re traveling on their own passport.
- Unaccompanied minors traveling out of Spain must carry a valid travel document. If traveling with an ID card instead of a passport, they must have:
- A written and signed permission from either or both parents having the child’s custody—certified in court, civil guard station, notary, civil hall, or a police station—after presenting the birth certificate or family book.
- Unaccompanied minors traveling from an EU country to Spain with only an ID card instead of a passport must also carry written parental permission.
- Under-14 minors traveling out of Italy will not be accepted.
- Under-14 minors holding an Italian nationality traveling from or to Italy who are accompanied by an above-18 adult (not the parent or legal guardian) must carry a Law No. 1185/67 (Dichiarazione di affido) declaration with their passport, which can be obtained from a local police station (Questura). This must be carried in addition to Aer Lingus’ requirement for a Form of Indemnity for children between 14-16 years who are traveling unaccompanied.
Frequently Asked Questions on Aer Lingus Unaccompanied Minor Policy
Unfortunately, Aer Lingus does not offer any special services for unaccompanied minors. Children below 12 years must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old. Children between 12-15 years (inclusive) are allowed to travel alone, but no special assistance will be provided to them. Also, the parent or adult guardian must fill out a Form of Indemnity.
Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted:
• On JetBlue/British Airways connecting flights if they are under 14 years old.
• On United Airlines connecting flights if they are less than 16 years old.