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  1. When my daughter’s middle school qualified for a competition on the other side of the country, I decided to accompany her. I wanted to fly on UA as I thought I’d be able to upgrade us for the long flight. The school was going to book them on a different airline. I asked if I could just fly with my daughter. They said “no” — she could only fly with a school chaperone! Maybe that was too cautious on the school’s part, but the idea that a group of minors — with learning disabilities no less — should be flying by themselves across the county blows my mind.

  2. I think people see the $150 price tag on the unaccompanied minor fee and think that they are paying for a personal concierge for their child. No. You get brought to the gate, handed off to a gate agent, then handed off to a flight attendant, who puts you in your seat and says “I’m Clara if you need anything just press your call button!” They are getting away with it beacuse minors aren’t yet savvy consumers and don’t realize they are getting ripped off.

    Parents are blind to it because they meet their kid safely at the gate 99.9% of the time and go “whew! money well spent!” And when something goes wrong they blame the system and not themselves. Agree that putting medication in a checked bag is like posted on signs all over the airport that it’s not a good idea, lol.

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