Delta Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy

Delta allows Unaccompanied Minors between 5–14 years old to travel on international and domestic flights—subject to certain conditions.

Snapshot

  • Children between 5–14 years can travel alone under the Unaccompanied Minor travel program or must be accompanied an adult who is at least 18 years old.
  • For children between 15–17 years, the service is optional.
  • Children aged 5–7 years can travel only on nonstop flights. 
  • Children aged 8–14 years are allowed to travel on nonstop and connecting flights, but can only connect to another Delta Airlines flight—or a Delta Connections, KLM, and Air France flight. 
  • Unaccompanied Minors can travel on both domestic and international flights. 
  • The service fee for Unaccompanied Minors is USD 150 per-way fee and covers up to 4 children travelling together. This is in addition to the adult ticketed fare.
  • Unaccompanied Minors will not be accepted on: 
    • The last connecting flight of the day.
    • On red-eye flights, i.e., flights between 9pm to 5am unless:
      • It is an international flight.
      • It is a domestic flight of 2 hours or less.
      • It is a flight from/to Hawaii and Alaska.
      • It is the only connecting flight of the day on the market.
  • You can book online or by phone (via Delta Airlines or a travel agent). If you book online, you must call +1-800-325-8847 to provide the flight details of the child, the person who will bring the child to the airport, and the person who will meet the child at the destination airport. 
  • All Unaccompanied Minors will be provided a trackable wristband, a Delta escort, and access to the Sky Zone lounge at specific locations.

How to Book the Delta Unaccompanied Minor Travel Program

You can book Delta’s unaccompanied minor travel program online or by phone (through Delta Airlines or a travel agent). If you book online, you must call +1-844-902-2949 to inform Delta that you have purchased a ticket for your child—and also provide the following information to them:

  • Your child’s name, date of travel, and flight number.
  • The name, address, and phone number of the parent or legal guardian who will brings your child to and meets your child at the airport.

At the time of booking, you’ll be provided a 4-digit PIN which you will need to make any changes to the itinerary.

Delta Unaccompanied Minor Travel Guidelines 

Documents, check-in, and formalities 

After reaching the airport, meet a Delta Customer Service Agent for assistance. 

  • You will be provided a wristband that your child must wear on the flight. 
  • A Delta personnel will prepare the boarding documents plus an ID for your child. 

Boarding and takeoff

  • The parent/adult guardian must accompany the minor child to the departure point. 
  • The parent/adult guardian must remain at the airport till the flight’s departure.
  • A Delta staff member will escort your child to the aircraft. 
  • Your child will be introduced to the Delta flight crew and explained the safety features. 
  • Your child will be seated in the aircraft’s rear section to remain near a flight attendant. 
  • If you have any questions, call +1-800-325-8847. 

Delta Sky Zone 

Unaccompanied Minors taking a connecting flight via New York (JFK), Seattle, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Memphis, Los Angeles, Detroit, Cincinnati, or Atlanta will have access to Delta Sky Zones for entertainment. Children flying alone can wait for their connecting flights in these children-only lounges, call their parents/guardians, and play with toys, video games, and read books. A Delta representative will always be present to make your child feel comfortable and secure. 

Pick-up and arrival

The person authorized to meet your child at the airport must:

  • Be at the arrival airport before your child’s flight lands. 
  • Carry identification papers (with signature). 
  • Obtain a gate pass.
  • Wait for your child at the arrival gate.

Delta Unaccompanied Minor Travel Fees 

Delta Airlines charges an Unaccompanied Minor service fee of USD/CAD/EUR 150 each way—for nonstop and connecting flights. The service fee is in addition to the ticketed adult fare. 

  • The Unaccompanied Minor travel program is mandatory for children aged 5–14. Children aged 15-17-years aren’t required to book the service. However, if the service is booked, the service fee will apply.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor travel service fee covers up to 4 children travelling together. 
  • The Unaccompanied Minor travel service fee can be paid in advance by phone or at the time of check-in. 

International Regulations

Many countries such as Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and South Africa have additional requirements that you must comply with. 


Frequently Asked Questions on Delta Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy

Yes, Delta allows unaccompanied minors on international and domestic flights. A few important things to remember: 

  • Children below 5 years of age must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.
  • Delta’s Unaccompanied Minor travel program is required for children who are between 5–14 years old, unless they are travelling with an adult passenger who is at least 18 years old. 
  • Delta’s Unaccompanied Minor travel program is optional for children aged 15–17 years. 
  • Children aged 5–7 years can travel only on nonstop flights. 

Unaccompanied minors are accepted on Delta international flights.

You can book Delta’s unaccompanied minor travel service online or by phone. If you book online, you must call +1-800-325-8847 and provide your child’s name and flight details, as well as the full contact details of the person accompanying your child to the airport, and the person who will be receiving your child at the destination airport.

The person accompanying the child to the airport must provide the following documents and information at the airport desk:

  • Valid identification papers. 
  • Full contact details incl. mobile phone number of the person accompanying the child to the airport and the person who will be meeting your child at the destination airport.

To ensure there are no last-minute glitches in the paperwork, you should book Delta’s Unaccompanied Minor travel service at least 1 day (24 hours) before your flight departs.

Children who are between 8–14 years can only connect to: 

  • Another Delta Airlines flight
  • Delta Connections flights
  • KLM flights 
  • Air France flights

Delta Airlines charges a service fee of USD 150 per way, which covers up to 4 children travelling together. You will also have to purchase an adult ticket fare for your child.

You can make an unaccompanied minor’s reservation on Delta Airlines online via the website, or by calling Delta Airlines or your travel agent. 

If you make an online reservation, you must call Delta at +1-844-902-2949 and provide your child’s travel details. You will also need to provide the name, address, and contact details of the parent/adult guardian who will accompany your child to the airport—and the person who will meet your child at the destination airport. You will also be provided a 4-digit PIN just in case you want to make any changes to the itinerary.

Children under 5 years will not be accepted on Delta flights unless accompanied by a parent or legal adult guardian who is at least 18 years old. 

  • 5–7-year-olds can travel only on nonstop flights. 
  • Children between 8–14 years can travel on nonstop and connecting flights—provided that the connecting flights connect to another Delta Airlines flight—or a Delta Connections, KLM, or Air France flight. 
  • Unaccompanied Minors will not be accepted on: 
    • The last connecting flight of the day.
    • On red-eye flights, i.e., flights between 9pm to 5am unless:
      • It is an international flight.
      • It is a domestic flight of 2 hours or less.
      • It is a flight from/to Hawaii and Alaska.
      • It is the only connecting flight of the day on the market.

If there’s any indication of a flight delay or cancellation, you’ll be informed in advance and advised about the alternative options. If the flight is delayed or cancelled en-route:

  • Your child will be rebooked on the next available flight.
  • A Delta representative will stay with your child until he/she boards the flight.
  • A Delta representative will contact the person at the destination airport whom you’ve designated to meet your child. 

In the unlikely event of an overnight stay (such as due to extreme weather conditions), your child will be provided overnight accommodations and meals. A Delta representative will supervise your child’s safety during the stay. Plus, you will be informed. 


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