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Traveling with Kids & Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied Minors

PenAir offers unaccompanied minor service on all of our flights in Alaska. On the East Coast, West Coast, and in the Midwest, unaccompanied minor service is limited to point-to-point travel only. Please find information on both of these services below.

Unaccompanied Minor Service in Alaska

This service includes controlled custody release and supervised connecting flight transfers. PenAir defines an unaccompanied minor as a traveler who has passed their 5th birthday but has not reached their 13th birthday and is NOT accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age or their legal guardian. Children under 5 years old are not accepted under any condition. Children 5-7 years old are accepted for online transportation and interline transportation. Interline transportation is provided only if space has been confirmed to the first point of stopover or to the point where the child is to be met by a parent or responsible adult upon exiting the aircraft.   

Children 5-12-years-old must be brought to the airport of departure by a parent or responsible adult who remains with the child until boarding, and who must furnish PenAir with satisfactory evidence that the child will be met by another parent or responsible adult upon arrival at his/her destination. The parent or guardian must remain in the boarding area until the child's flight has departed.

Children over 13 are to be considered adults when traveling alone. Ages 13-17 may request unaccompanied minor service with all applicable fees and restriction.               

A special service advisory provided by PenAir must be fully completed and signed by the parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13.     

Unaccompanied Minor Service East Coast/West Coast/Midwest

Unaccompanied minor service on the East Coast, West Coast, and in the Midwest is limited to point-to-point travel only (transfers to other airlines are not accepted) and an adult must meet the minor at the destination city for a custody transfer. A carrier will not allow any child under the age of 5-years-old to travel on any flight unless accompanied by a passenger 18 years of age or older.

Age and transfer requirements may vary, so please contact PenAir at 1.800.448.4226 for more information.

Infants on Lap

If a passenger seat is not available for an infant less than 2 years old, an adult may hold the infant. If a passenger seat is available for an infant less than 2 years old, the infant may be secured in an approved “child restraint system (i.e. car seat)”. If a child restraint system is not available, the infant less than 2 years old may be held on an adult’s lap (not under the adult’s safety belt) provided the child does not occupy or use any restraining device. 

Child booster seats, loop belts (belly belts), inflatable devices or vest-and-harness-type devices cannot be used on board the aircraft unless they have been approved by the FAA through a Type Certificate (TC), Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) or Technical Standard Order (TSO).

Child car seats may be used onboard as long it complies with the CRS guidelines and the parent/guardian has paid for a ticket for the child. Otherwise, the car seat may be used on a space-available basis. Child car seats may be checked free-of-charge.

Seat sizes
Our seats are 18 inches in both the Saab 340 and the Saab 2000.

Turning 2 on a Trip

If a child turns 2 en route, a ticket must be purchased for all segments on which the child will be 2.