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.