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Young Traveler - does a 17 yr old need to be met by a parent at destination?

eileenF
New Arrival

My almost-18 year old  has flown many times, but is flying alone next month.   The "young traveler" rules seem to say that  child must be met at the destination by a parent/guardian, at the gate.     How strict is this rule?    Can my child instead  just walk to the exit and meet  friends,   as if it were 2 months from now, and child was 18 ?      What would happen if no parent/guardian meets   the 17-yr old at the destination ?     Child is very mature and capable of getting  self to the correct airport exit doors.    Thank you!

 

 

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Re: Young Traveler - does a 17 yr old need to be met by a parent at destination?

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor
Solution

There are no rules or restrictions for anyone age 12 and up.  The requirement to be met at the gate is for unaccompanied minors which Southwest considers to be ages 5-11.

 

--TheMiddleSeat