• For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless
    San Francisco Chronicle, 10/23/2014 - 6:15am

    The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. The fact that adolescent girls could make their way across the Atlantic might come as a surprise to many parents, but a patchwork of laws and rules governing international air travel in many cases makes it easy for teenagers to travel with nobody's permission but their own. Many major carriers including United Airlines and Scandinavian airline SAS place no restrictions on children over 12, while others let even young minors travel as long as they are accompanied by someone over 16. Yet others, including American Airlines, require a parent to accompany travelers under the age of 15 to the gate, while those 15 and over face no restrictions. Countries have a separate set of laws that is no less haphazard, from a Russian requirement for notarized parental permission to the U.

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