POSTED AT 4:52
PM Thursday, February 1, 2007
A new policy by Air Canada is bad news for parents
who rely on the airline to fly their children alone.
New rules in effect on February 1st mean
unaccompanied children won't be able to fly on some
Parents can no longer purchase unaccompanied minor
tickets that involve connecting flights for travel after
The new rules affect all children aged five to 11 who
are travelling alone.
They'll still be allowed on non-stop or direct air
Canada and Jazz flights, as long as the child doesn't
have to change planes.
Any tickets purchased before February 1st will be
honoured by the airline regardless of the date of
The airline says the changes comes after noticing
that kids travel alone most during winter and spring
breaks when there are the most weather delays.
It can be very stressful for the kids and airline
staff who had to watch out for them.
The airline says it's the responsible thing to do.
Most other major carriers already had this policy in