Flying Alone For the First Time.

@gtargirl (5385)
United States
July 7, 2009 2:31pm CST
My son flew to Nashville on his own for the first time this passed Sunday. Of course, I was a nervous wreck but he on the other hand couldn't wait to get on that plane. He did, however, hug me really tightly just before he went through his first check point. Anyhow, when did you let your children fly alone?
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
8 Jul 09
My daughter flew alone for the first time when she was twelve and my son when he was 14. It wasn't that we set those specific ages in particular, but that's the way it happened. Both pretty much acted like your son, ready to board and showing no apparent nervous breakdown - which was very close to what I seem to be getting lol - , I actually didn't even get the hug from my daughter, although I did from my son. They both enjoyed traveling alone - although grandma was right at the other side to pick them up. It's like they felt older that way :):):)
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I never got to travel on my own when I was that young . . . wonder how I would have re-acted. Of course, just like your kids, I did arrange for all his ground transportation at the other end. The camp counselors were waiting for him at Nashville Airport, with their signs, camp t-shirt and a bus. You're right, it makes them feel more like an adult and gives them a little bit of freedom.
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
10 Jul 09
Yes, they really enjoy the feeling:) I know, because the first time I traveled alone I was 12. I was a bit nervous, but completely proud and feeling like I was so free LOL
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• United States
7 Jul 09
Actually, I'm 23 and have never flown alone before. My family has never really had a reason for me and my sisters to fly alone.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
7 Jul 09
Yeah, we've usually traveled together as a family. Never had a reason for my kids to travel on their own. This time, my boy had summer camp in Nashville. I was trying to find something in California but music camps aren't offered everywhere, especially the rock 'n roll ones.
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• United States
8 Jul 09
What a lucky kid! I would have loved to have been shipped off to music camp, and especially rock camp!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
10 Jul 09
I have never flown, but I don't have any children wither but If I did and they needed to fly I guess I would wait and not let them fly alone till they were teens so maybe 13 and up.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I might have let him go at 13 but I'm not quite sure. 16 felt a little too young but he did fine. You know they charge $100 extra when kids fly alone. Luckily for me, 16 was considered adult on certain airlines.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Hooray for you!! How brave you are. I have no children but I know I would be scared out of my mind to let them fly alone. My rational self would know it is just fine and other people do it every day.. I don't know if the other half of me however would let it happen. I'm glad it all worked out and I am sure he will be fine. Blessed Be, Mari
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Yeah, I really had to work hard on "letting it go." He did just fine and could not see what all the fuss was about. Now, if only I could stop worrying about the flight home.
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• United States
16 Jul 09
I will be 30 next month and I have never had the chance to fly by my self. I have no idea how old kids should be. I guess it also depends on the kids and how mature they are. My kids are 7 and 4 and I would not even consider it right now. How old is your son?
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
20 Jul 09
My son is 16. I was very nervous to let him go but he did fine. He sent me a text message when he got to his first layover and then finally when he got to his destination. I don't think I would ever let my kids travel alone if they were 7 and 4. That would be way to crazy.
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• India
1 Aug 09
Hello my friend gtargirl Ji, None of my children flew as a Pilot of any aeroplane. In our family, to be on record, my hubby flew for the first time in Dakota in 1953, then my second son flew in 1998, then my daughter, who had to join her husband abroad flew in 2005, then my elder son in 2007. Off course I too flew to US (Miami), but along with my hubby. The most tense period was when my daughter flew to mascot in 2005. One of our grand-daughter is US born and She is citizen by birth. May god bless You and have a great time.
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@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
8 Jul 09
My daughter was about 18 She had to fly from New York to enn to get home as we wasnt ready to leave at that time
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