Flying to the Training:
Transportation for cadets arriving via commercial air is the responsibility of the parent. Due to COVID-19 we will be closely monitoring air travel alerts; however, at this time, we suggest that you only purchase refundable airfare should you need to cancel your flight in the future. Cadets planning to arrive by air MUST email the Transportation Form to LCDR Stoyanovich (COTC) firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 May, the earlier the better.
Cadets are not considered confirmed air travelers with transportation to training from the airport, until the following steps have been completed:
The above four (4) steps MUST be completed for cadets to be confirmed for air travel, and transportation to and from the airport. We are providing a charter bus to take cadets and adult volunteers to the base. There are only fifty-five seats available and they will go to the first fifty-five confirmed cadets and adult volunteers.
If there are questions regarding flights or air transportation, please call, text, or email ENS Tripp BEFORE making flight reservations. (248) 910-1539 email@example.com.
Unaccompanied Minor Program
IF YOUR ARE PLANNING TO FLY YOUR CADET AS AN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR, YOU MUST CONTACT ENS TRIPP PRIOR TO ANY BOOKING OF AIRLINE TICKETS. (248) 910-1539
It can create difficult logistical situations when a cadet flies as an unaccompanied minor. Some airlines may require it due to age, ENS Tripp will discuss your cadet’s situation with you prior to booking.
What is the “Unaccompanied Minor Program”? Each Airline has their own definition and cost. I have listed a few below but you should always refer to the airline’s website for details.
American Airlines: “For safety, we require children age 5 – 14 traveling alone to use our unaccompanied minor service. For children age 15 – 17, this service is optional. We charge a $150 unaccompanied service fee (plus tax, where applicable) each way, in addition to the ticket price. This fee covers additional siblings on the same flight”. https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/special-assistance/unaccompanied-minors.jsp
Delta: “we require children age 8-14 traveling alone to use our unaccompanied minor program. The fee is $150 each way. For children age 15-17 have the option of flying using the unaccompanied minor program or fly as a standard passenger provided, they have a valid ID”. https://www.delta.com/us/en/children-infant-travel/unaccompanied-minor-program
Southwest Airlines: “Children ages five through 11 traveling without an accompanying Passenger age 12 or older must travel as Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) on Southwest Airlines. Unaccompanied Minors are not monitored continuously throughout the travel. Only children with sufficient maturity to travel with limited adult supervision may travel as an Unaccompanied Minor on Southwest Airlines. Southwest Airlines will charge $50 each way ($100 roundtrip) in addition to the air fare per child for Unaccompanied Minors to travel”. https://www.southwest.com/html/generated/help/faqs/unaccompanied_minors_terms_and_conditions_faq.html
United Airlines: “Children ages 5-14 (as of the travel date) who travel without a parent, a legal guardian or someone who is at least 18 years old are considered unaccompanied minors and are required to use our unaccompanied minor service. Unaccompanied minor service is not available for children ages 15 and older. Young adults ages 15 to 17 may travel alone on any United- or United Express-operated flight.
A service charge of $150 for each direction of travel will apply for using the unaccompanied minor service”.