Traveling with Kids & Unaccompanied Minors
Children Traveling Alone (Unaccompanied Minors)
An unaccompanied minor is defined as one or more children age 5 through 17 traveling without an adult age 18 or over (exceptions are made for birth parents under the age of 18 traveling with their child). Children under 5 years may not travel without a parent or legal guardian. It is very important that all children traveling alone be checked in with us no later than 1 hour prior to departure for processing.
Note: Unaccompanied Minors may not travel with pets or service/support animals.
Ages 0-4 years
PenAir will not accept children under the age of 5 for travel without an adult 18 years of age or older (exceptions are made for biological parents).
Ages 5-12 with no connecting flights
Effective April 15, 2019 unaccompanied minors, ages 5-12 on a non-connecting flight (i.e. point to point) will be charged $50.00. Unaccompanied minors ages 5-7 years old can only make connections to other PenAir operated flights. Connections to Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air or any other carrier is not permitted).
Unaccompanied minors, ages 8-12 on connecting flights will be charged $75.00.
Guardian information required at time of reservation and at check in.
Ages 13-17 years
Accepted without restrictions. Service fee applies if unaccompanied minor service is requested. Guardian information required if unaccompanied minor service requested. (Otherwise known as Teen Assistance).
When booking travel for an Unaccompanied Minor (UM) please be advised of the following:
You will be asked to provide the name, phone number and address for the responsible party dropping off and picking up the child. Unaccompanied minors may not travel on flights departing between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. or connect to flights departing between those hours.
Connections to Ravn Alaska, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, or PenAir must depart within two hours of arrival time of the Ravn Alaska flight. Aircraft type limits the number of UMs accepted on any given flight. UM service is offered on a first come, first served basis. All UM fees are in addition to the ticket price and must be paid upon arrival at the airport. UM fees are non-refundable. Unaccompanied minors cannot travel with pets (either carried on board or checked as baggage) or with firearms.
At the Airport with an Unaccompanied Minor
All UM passengers must be checked in a minimum of 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure of their flight. Photo ID will be required from the guardians designated for drop-off and pick-up. Regarding outbound travel, the responsible party must stay with the child until the flight has departed (is airborne).
To arrange travel or for questions regarding Unaccompanied Minor service, please contact our Reservations office at 800-866-8394.
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 the age of 2 on a Trip
If a child turns 2 in route, a ticket must be purchased for all segments on which the child will be 2.