In the airport
Family Fast Track – Families travelling with small children up to 6 years of age can use Fast Track and jump the queue at the security checkpoints. All you have to do is let the member of airport staff who is at the entrance to the queuing for security know. As for baby food, there are exceptions to the limitations on liquids you can board with in your hand baggage. The exceptions regard items such as milk, water and foodstuffs in quantities necessary for the duration of your trip. It is, however, necessary to show these food items by taking them out of your hand baggage and presenting them separately at the security checkpoint.
Minors travelling alone
The travel of minors is subject to restrictions and regulations by the different airlines. You must let the airline know that a child between the age of 4 and 12 is travelling alone when booking. An airport attendant will take care of them until it’s time to board and will then place them in the cabin manager’s care for the duration of the flight. Their parent/guardian must remain at the airport until take-off. A minor between the age of 12 and 14 will be able to take advantage of the same treatment but only by explicitly requesting it at the time of booking.
Babies and children between 4 months and 4 years of age can travel alone subject to booking and paying for a hostess, who will take care exclusively of the child throughout the flight.
Parents – or guardians – of children under the age of 14 who travel abroad unaccompanied by at least one of them, and who wish to grant permission to an individual or company (e.g. an airline) must sign the accompanying declaration that will remain registered with the Police. Children over the age of 14 (from 14 years and one day) can travel alone without any accompanying declaration.
If the minor is travelling on national territory, the transit accompanying document is not necessary.
Travel documents for minors
In order to travel, all minors from 0 to 18 must have a separate document. The registration of minors on their parents’ passports is no longer valid.
A minor can travel:
- with an individual passport
- with an identity card
- up to 15 years old, with a document certifying their birth and citizenship endorsed by the Police Commissioner (the so-called laissez-passer).
Transit accompanying document for travel in Italy
An Italian minor must have their own personal document for travel. On domestic routes, some airlines require specific documentation for the minor who is travelling accompanied by people other than their parents. It should be noted that police offices issue the transit accompanying document only for Italian minors who are leaving the country and not for travel on national territory. Therefore, to avoid unpleasant surprises when boarding, advance enquiry to the airline should be made to see what their internal regulations require.