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12/19/2013 02:22 EST | Updated 02/18/2014 05:59 EST

United Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy To Bar Certain Kid Solo Flights

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 9: A Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by United Airlines takes off at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on January 9, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Two separate 787 jets operated by Japan Airlines (JAL) experienced mechanical problems in Boston this week. A fuel leak during takeoff forced one to return to the terminal the day after a fire erupted aboard a different Dreamliner parked at a gate shortly after landing. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - Hey, kids! United Airlines says children flying alone need to go nonstop or stay home.

United says it's no longer allowing children ages 5 to 11 to fly without an adult on flights that include connections. It also says its optional service for unaccompanied minors ages 12-17 will only be offered on nonstop flights.

It made the changes quietly two weeks ago. United charges $150 extra, each way, for children flying alone.

United's new policy for young children is similar to policies at US Airways and Southwest. Delta Air Lines and American will still help young children who are flying alone get to connecting flights.

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