Current regulations, which are subject to change at any time, are as follows: Parents of minor children (under 18 years old) must carefully document legal custody prior to traveling.
- If a minor child is traveling with only one parent, the absent parent should provide a notarized letter of consent.
- If only one parent has legal custody, that parent should be prepared to provide such evidence to airlines and authorities (ie. A copy of the sole custody document, or death certificate of absent parent.)
- In cases in which a minor child is traveling alone or in someone else's company, both parents (and the sole, documented custodial parent) should provide a notarized letter of consent.
- If a child traveling has a different last name from the mother and/or father, the parents should be prepared to provide evidence to airlines and authorities, such as a birth certificate or adoption decree, to prove that they are indeed the parents.
Be reminded that it is the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they have the correct documentation, as no refunds will be issued if you are denied boarding for lack of or missing documentation.