Not long ago, social media was shocked by a video showing a child sitting alone on a plane without his parents accompanying him. In the video uploaded by @nova_fauzi on her TikTok account, the child is seen sleeping, then a flight attendant fixing his sleeping position.
It is known that the video was recorded during a flight from Banjarmasin to Jakarta on Friday (24/7/2020). The little boy in the video is reportedly named Abdurrahman. Meanwhile, seen from the uniform worn by the flight attendant, it is suspected that it was on Lion Air flight.
So what are the procedures for children who flying alone? Launching Kompas.com, Corporate Communications Strategic of Lion Air Group Danang Mandala Prihantoro explained that the Lion Air group does provide flight services for children.
"So far, Lion Air Group has and facilitates the Unaccompanied Minor (UM) service, the category of children who traveling without their parents or siblings (unaccompanied)," he said, quoted from Kompas.com. Lion Air sets age limits for children flying unaccompanied, 6 to 12 years.
Meanwhile, the government has stipulated regulations regarding children flying solo in the Minister of Transportation Regulation (PMP) Number 185 of 2015. The regulation explains that unaccompanied minor can be transported as much as 10 percent of the total plane capacity used per flight. The age of children who are allowed to fly unaccompanied are 6 to 12 years.
Meanwhile, airlines that provide service for children flying alone are required to:
- Providing officers to handle unaccompanied minor in the pre-flight, in-flight and post flight processes, including transit or transfer.
- Make a report of handover from the accompanying family to the officer, and from the officer to the family who picks up.
- Make a report of handover between officers at each service point.
- Provide UM tagging for unaccompanied child and on cabin and checked baggage.
Danang added, there must be at least parents / an adult escorting the child to the airport to complete the form completely, including filling in who picked up the child. Later, when on the plane they will get priority seat in the front row. After that, when the plane lands, the crew will escort the child to ground officers. Furthermore, the child will be escorted to the person who picks them up according to the identity printed.
"UM will get a special sign that includes or explains that the child concerned is flying unaccompanied," said Danang.