Current college freshman in the US who will be traveling across the country this summer for an internship. Only catch: I will be one month shy of my 18th birthday during my arrival flight. I am flying with American, and from what I can tell from their website, there are certain restrictions for unaccompanied minors. However, it seems like these restrictions apply only when using their unaccompanied minor program.

Does this mean that I can just show up and check-in by myself?

(Other details: Domestic, daytime flight. One connection.)

  • At 17 there are no restrictions and special rules. You will be treated no different then a regular adult.My kids have done international trips by themselves starting at 15 or so.
    – Hilmar
    Apr 15, 2018 at 16:29

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Exactly. It is possible to purchase unaccompanied minor service for a 17-year-old on American, where airline employees will escort you from place to place and ensure you only leave with a designated adult who shows ID. Since you're a college student headed off to an internship, that doesn't sound like a service you want or need.

You can simply check in the same way as any adult.

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