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Young Passengers

When travelling as a Young Passenger

Minors above the age of 12 and below the age of 18 are considered young passengers. Special handling services are provided upon request by a parent or guardian.

No paperwork is required for these services. The young passenger must simply report to the check-in counter and identify themselves. The Air India team will:

  • Provide an escort through security, and through immigration and customs, if it’s an international journey.
  • Assist in the pre-boarding process at the gate.

At the arrival airport, the Air India team will:

  • Meet the young passenger at the aircraft door.
  • Escort the passenger to the arrivals exit, including through immigration and customs for international journeys.

Review these tips for first-time flyers with your young traveller.

Young passengers travelling to the UK

For the safety and welfare of every child, passengers under the age of 18, travelling without a parent or legal guardian, must arrive with written consent as per the UK Border Force. If the child is travelling alone to the UK, a consent form must be signed by both parents.

For most recent and additional information visit https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor/if-youre-under-18

Children travelling from the UK

If you are travelling with a child from the United Kingdom, you must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for the child or from a court of law before taking the minor abroad. You must carry the consent form, carry a valid photo identification proof (passport or driving license) of both the parents and the birth certificate of the child.

You can also email the consent form with the valid photo identification proof of both the parents and the birth certificate of the child to aitraffic.lhr@airindia.com at least 4 hours before the schedule departure of your flight.  

For more details, refer to https://www.gov.uk/permission-take-child-abroad

Minors travelling with Guardians

Your child's safety is important to us. So, if you are the guardian or your child is travelling with an assigned caretaker or a relative, learn more about documents that must be produced before boarding.

  • A consent letter/affidavit that is signed by both parents.
    Click here to download the consent letter.
  • Photocopies of relevant pages of both parents’ passports.
  • The parents' original passports must be presented to the supervisor at the check-in counter to match the authenticity of the signatures.
  • A photocopy of the death certificate should be presented in cases where one of the parents is deceased.
  • In case the family name of the child does not match the parents' family name, the child's birth certificate should be displayed.
  • Minors under 18 years may require additional documents if leaving the country of residence.

Note: The parents’ signatures on the consent letter should match the signature on the parents’ passports.

For any queries or further details, contact the nearest consulate.