Unaccompanied Minors

 

Cape Air’s unaccompanied minor service allows children in certain circumstances to travel alone on our flights.  For additional information, please view our Contract of Carriage.

Unaccompanied Minors (“UM”)

Unaccompanied minors are children five (5) through eleven (11) years of age who are traveling alone or not accompanied on the same flight by a passenger at least the age of a “Young Traveler” as defined within that section. Unaccompanied minors will be accepted for transportation as follows:

Age

  • Minors under the age of five (5) are not accepted for travel unaccompanied.
  • Minors age five (5) through eleven (11) years will be accepted for online travel for non-stop itineraries as unaccompanied minors on Cape Air (9K) marketed flights. Parents or guardians may request a person twelve (12) years of age or older   to be escorted as if he or she was an unaccompanied minor for travel on online, non-stop itineraries on Cape Air (9K) marketed flights.
  • For travel on United Express (UA*) marketed flights operated by Cape Air, minors age five (5) through fifteen (15) are required to travel as unaccompanied minors.

Service Charge and Fares

There is no additional service charge or escort fee for unaccompanied minors traveling on Cape Air marketed (9K) flights.  A service charge is applicable for unaccompanied minors traveling on United Express (UA*) marketed flights operated by Cape Air.

Connecting and Interline Itineraries

Unaccompanied minors are not accepted for interline connecting itineraries, including to/from codeshare partners.  For travel on Cape Air operated as “United Express”, unaccompanied minors are only accepted for travel on non-stop flights.

Positive Identification of Person Meeting UM and Airport Process

The unaccompanied minor must be brought to the airport by a parent, guardian or responsible adult who must furnish Cape Air with name, address and phone number of the parent, guardian or responsible adult who will meet the unaccompanied minor upon deplaning at the minor’s destination.  This information will be recorded on the “UM Form.”  We recommend checking-in early to ensure there is adequate time to complete the required paperwork.  The parent, guardian or responsible adult must stay with the UM until the flight departs.  The parent, guardian or responsible adult, who was previously named and furnished to Cape Air, must show proper identification in order for the unaccompanied minor to be released into his or her custody at the final destination.

Refusal to Transport

The welfare of unaccompanied minors is a matter we take very seriously.  Cape Air reserves the right to refuse transportation if the Company believes there is a significant chance that the flight on which the unaccompanied minor holds a reservation may be delayed, terminate at an airport other than the minor’s destination, or if the unaccompanied minor may miss his or her connecting flight for any reason.  Unless extenuating or mitigating circumstances are present, Cape Air will not accept unaccompanied minors for travel on the last flight of the day from any Cape Air location.

Flight Cancelations and Diversions

In the event of flight cancelation, diversion, substantial delay or other irregularity within the Cape Air route system, the agent in charge, Captain or flight attendant will retain custody of the unaccompanied minor until that custody is transferred to a Cape Air agent or the parent guardian or responsible adult named on the UM Form.  In the event of a flight diversion to an airport not staffed by Cape Air personnel, Cape Air will make every effort to contact the parent, guardian or responsible adult identified on the UM Form to coordinate agreeable and suitable arrangements.  The Captain or flight attendant will retain custody of the unaccompanied minor until such arrangements are coordinated.  Cape Air will bear all reasonable costs associated in this instance to ensure the safety of the unaccompanied minor.

Responsibility of  Cape Air

Cape Air assumes no responsibilities for unaccompanied minors beyond those applicable to an adult customer.

Young Travelers

Young Travelers are young adults who may travel independently, as adults, despite their young age. 

Age

  • Young adults between twelve (12) and seventeen (17) years may travel independently as Young Travelers on Cape Air (9K) marketed flights. Escorted services under this provision are not available.
  • Young adults between sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years may travel independently as Young Travelers on United Express (UA*) marketed flights.  Escorted services under this provision are not available.

Connecting and Interline Itineraries

  • For young adults desiring to travel on a connecting itinerary with Cape Air or another airline, the age at which the young adult is permitted to travel alone as a “Young Traveler” will be the age as defined by the airline to or from which the young adult is connecting as shown in the chart below.
     

Connecting Itinerary

Minimum age to travel alone

Cape Air to/From Cape Air

12

Cape Air to/from Alaska Airlines

13

Cape Air to/from American Airlines

15

Cape Air to/from Delta Airlines

15

Cape Air to/from Jet Blue

15

Cape Air to/from Seaborne Airlines

13

Cape Air to/from United Airlines

16

When Accompanying Minors

  • Adults 18 years of age or more, when accompanying minors who are not able to travel independently under the “Unaccompanied Minor” rules herein, render the minor accompanied and, therefore, may travel without the limitations of the unaccompanied minor rules.   Some airlines will permit a young traveler who meets their age requirement for traveling independently to also serve as the accompanying guardian of a younger child who would otherwise be considered an unaccompanied minor, while other carriers may allow the young traveler to travel independently him/herself but may not serve as the guardian of a younger child. Please check with your connecting carrier, as their policy will apply for connecting travel with Cape Air. For example, if the Young Traveler and minor are connecting with JetBlue and JetBlue permits young adults 14 years or more to accompany a minor as an adult, then Cape Air will apply that same age range for purposes of this customer – and a 14 year old can travel as the guardian of a 10 year old. Meanwhile, where United requires a traveler to be 18 years of age to accompany a child age 11 or younger, a 14 year old may NOT serve as the guardian of a 10 year old. 

When taking your child’s reservation, we will request telephone numbers for parents or guardians.  At check-in, you will also be asked to provide names, addresses and phone numbers for you and the party meeting your child.  We recommend checking in early to ensure there is adequate time to complete the required paperwork.  You will need to stay with your child until the flight departs.  We will require the party meeting your child to show proper identification before releasing your child to that party.

The welfare of unaccompanied minors is a matter we take very seriously. If there is a possibility that you child’s flight may be delayed, terminate at an airport other than the minor’s destination, or misconnect for any reason, we may change your child’s flight, including the departure date.  Unaccompanied minors will be in the presence of Cape Air’s representatives at all times.

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