What is the Delta unaccompanied minor policy?
The Delta Unaccompanied Minor Policy (known as Unaccompanied Minor Program) provides special services to children between 5–14 years of age travelling alone on international and domestic flights. The Unaccompanied Minor Program offers trackable barcoded wristbands, access to SkyZone lounge services at select airports, and a Delta escort to make unaccompanied minor travel safe and comfortable.
Rules for Unaccompanied Minors on Delta
Below are the rules of the Unaccompanied Minor Program at Delta:
- The Unaccompanied Minor program is mandatory for children between 5–14 years (inclusive) not travelling in the same compartment with 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 Delta Unaccompanied Minor fee is USD 150 per-way fee and covers up to 4 children travelling together. This is in addition to the adult ticketed fare applicable to each Unaccompanied Minor.
- 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 the Unaccompanied Minor service online or by phone (via Delta Airlines or a travel agent). If you book online, you must call +1-866-399-0587 to provide the flight details of your child, the person who will bring the child to the airport, and the person who will meet your 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
According to the Delta Unaccompanied Minor policy, you can book Delta’s unaccompanied minor program online or by phone (through Delta Airlines or a travel agent). If you book online, you must call +1-866-399-0587 to inform Delta that you have purchased a ticket for your child—and also provide the following information to the airline:
- Your child’s name, date of travel, and flight number.
- The name, address, and phone number of the parent or legal guardian who will bring your child to and meet 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 +1-866-399-0587.
Delta Sky Zone
Unaccompanied Minors on Delta 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, play with toys and 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 Fee
How much is Delta Airlines’ unaccompanied minor fee?
The Delta Unaccompanied Minor fee is USD/CAD/EUR 150 each way (CAD and Euro when departing from Canada or Europe) for nonstop and connecting flights. The program/service fee is in addition to the ticketed adult fare.
Per the Delta unaccompanied minor policy:
- 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.
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
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For several flights- close to 15- both parents and both grandparents have been allowed. To accompany child through airport-Austin to Atlanta and back. Today at Atlanta, the agent refused. Said it was TSA, it is not. Very unhappy with this. 2 custodians should be allowed to accompany. Not asking for a family, just 2 parents, grandparents etc.