The easy flight mistake that can ruin your family holiday – and it affects every airline | The Sun

BEFORE you go booking your next family holiday abroad, you might want to read the fine print.

Airlines have different rules regarding kids tickets, which could cause you a problem when it comes to boarding.

The age for which a passenger is deemed a child changes depending on the airline.

The advice, given by Airport Parking and Hotels ( has revealed the difference in ages per airline.

For kids, the following airlines have the following ages:

  • British Airways:2-11 years
  • EasyJet: 2-15 years
  • Jet2: 0-17 years
  • Ryanair – 2-11 years
  • TUI under 0-17 years
  • Virgin: 2-11 years

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And some airlines put teenagers into another age bracket:

  • British Airways 12 -15 years
  • Ryanair: 12-15 years
  • Virgin – 12-15 years

For example, with TUI and Jet2, a 17-year-old is still deemed a child – with BA and Virgin Atlantic, this is 15 years old.

Parents will need to be aware of the different ages for a number of reasons.

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Depending on what the airline deems to be a child or an adult can change things like luggage allowances.

It can also cause problems if you want your child to fly by themself.

A 12-year-old boy was recently stopped from his flight because he didn't have the correct additional aid booked as he was not deemed an adult.

Some airlines will not let unaccompanied minors fly by themselves, which can change depending on the airline. has also warned families to check ahead for other rules when travelling with young kids.

For example, requesting children's meals must be done beforehard – for exmaple, British Airways requires 24 hours notice while Jet2 ask for 48 hours.

Nick Caunter, Managing Director of Airport Parking and Hotels said, “The winter holiday season is still a busy time as many families escape for winter sun, snow sports or, this year particularly, that long postponed reuniting of far-flung families at Christmas.

"Whether flying long- or short-haul, we understand the additional planning and preparation which goes into flying with children and we hope the APH Family Flying guide will help families enjoy an easy and stress-free journey to their holiday destination.”

Families should check with the airline they are flying with before booking to ensure they don't fall foul of any of the rules.

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