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My parents are flying through my local airport and my 5 year old daughter is joining them on their journey from there. My parents and daughter have their itineraries "connected".

I'll be checking her in and checking her baggage. As I thought about it though, I realized this might be a weird situation. I'd imagine there are two fairly normal situations:

  1. Unaccompanied minor

  2. Accompanied minor with an adult on the same itinerary.

However, I'm not sure my situation (accompanied minor without the adult on the same itinerary) matches those exactly.

Will I have any trouble checking baggage in this situation?

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    Have you called your airline to see what they say? I would also make sure your parent(s) will exit the secure area, pick up your daughter, and go through security again. I sure wouldn't want to send a 5 year old through security by herself! – Greg Hewgill Feb 13 at 2:54
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    @MikeH be aware that you will not be entitled to go through security with your child just because she is a child. You will need a gate pass for that. Alaska Airlines call them escort passes, which you should get from the ticket counter, but that probably means your child needs to be booked as an UM for the flight (the same will probably apply for check-in anyway). – jcaron Feb 13 at 7:39
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    Note that Alaska explicitly states that you have to call them in this situation (or a situation very close to this one): “If a friend or family member will be meeting the child passenger(s) in a connecting city, you must call Alaska Airlines reservations at 1-800-252-7522 (TTY: Dial 711 for Relay Services) , prior to travel.” (from alaskaair.com/content/travel-info/policies/…) – jcaron Feb 13 at 7:40
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    Also, provide a covering letter explaining to airline, security etc that your daughter is travelling with her grandparents with your permission. Provide your contact details and attach a copy of your ID card/passport. I'm not sure what jurisdiction you are in, but in the UK (for instance) S. 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 places a 'duty of care' on Border Force officers in respect of children travelling to/from UK. – canonacer Feb 13 at 9:45
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    @jcaron That's pretty much an answer; you may as well make it one. – Michael Hampton Feb 13 at 15:47

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