Kids everywhere are on the go this summer. For many young travelers, that may mean flying alone. If you're like many parents, you'll find sending a preteen or teen on a solo journey isn't so easy the first time.
Here are some basic tips to help ensure a safe and enjoyable flight:
* Request a guide brochure for unaccompanied children and teens from your airline, which outlines rules and helpful safety tips.
* Flight attendant Julia Applegate of Northwest Airlines reminds parents to be attentive to every detail of their child's itinerary, including making sure the child gets on the correct plane.
* Remind your child that it is OK to ask a flight attendant to review the personal safety demonstration for them. Your child may also request to be moved if seated beside someone he/she is not comfortable with.
* Pack an activity bag full of diversions.