Unaccompanied minor

An unaccompanied minor  is a child or infant travelling alone or with the member’s escort according to the IATA Recommended Practice 1753. A child under the age of sixteen travelling alone or travelling only in the company of another child aged less than sixteen.

There are three groups of minors travelling alone:

  • Unaccompanied Minors (UM): 5-12; obligatory per IATA to travel with airline’s assistance; registered and known to the crew.
  • Young passengers (YP): 12-18; believed to manage on their own; not registered.
  • Minors Third Party (MTP): minors accompanied during their journey by a third party that is not a parent/guardian; not registered.
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