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Can I say that my niece is accompanied by an adult?

I am flying with south west with my family and my nephew and niece want to ho with us but the plane is full and there is a plane from united leaving my nephew is 17 hell be 18 in 3 months and niece is 8 can I say that my nephew is 18 and then if they ask tell them it was a mistake so I don't get charged 150 dollars. Also does south west also charge?

The 8 year old must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult, or travel under the Unaccompanied Minor Program where the airline takes care of her - that costs extra. ID will be carefully checked before she will be allowed onto the plane with your nephew and, when they see he is not an adult, she will not be allowed to fly.

It's not going to happen. Stop being such a pathetic cheapskate. Do you really think TSA are that stupid? They will look at his ID, see he's not 18, and that will be the end of it.

You can tell whatever lies you want.
When you present the False documents it is FRAUD.

When the child and ESCORT present their documents ONE must be an ADULT FOR CHECK IN.
Your booking could be cancelled and they are left standing at the counter. NO YOU WOULD NOT get a refund.

If you read the rules you will discover that YOU can book them in. The children can fly. They are met by an ADULT.

Seriously you are ADULT which part of must be 18 do you really not understand. Almost close to soon will be is 17 not 18. If you do not like the extra FEE for Child Travel then leave the children behind or travel with them.
TOO BAD the plane is full. Reason people book months in advance.
Whine and complain all you want. Pay up or stay home.

Go ahead and have them tell what ever lies you want. It will be a great life lesson for your niece. She can see first hand the consequences of what can happen when you lie. Hopefully she will remember it much longer than you seemed to have.

The fact is that airlines are not that dumb. If you try to go on United and lie. The best thing that will happen is that when you go to check-in or get on the plane they will question you about your age. They will find out you are not 18 and therefore she can not fly without their UM service. Since you are both under 18 you will be turned over to the local airport police who will contact the parents and they will be required to come and pick both you and her up. If by some miracle they get there by the time the flight leaves they may allow her to fly under the UM program after paying the fee. Otherwise you are just going to be out the cost of the tickets.

The worst thing....When you enter your information into TSA you are required to put your birthdate. If you put a fake birthdate to try and make yourself 18, you will be flagged by TSA because the information does not match and most likely subjected to a secondary search. This search will most likely turn up that you are in fact 17 and your niece is 8. Here if it turns out your story has a few more holes in it, such as the families really didn't know. You could end up with some very serious Federal charges such as Kidnapping.

So as I said..go right ahead and lie. It will be a great life lesson. Or better yet just find an airline where at 17 you can escort your niece..such as finding a different flight on Southwest.

Southwest allows a child to fly with an accompanying passenger 12 or older, without having to use the Unaccompanied Minor service. If your nephew is 17, then he can accompany her on the flight at his current age - no need to lie about his age. There will be no extra charge.

https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-...

But United requires that the accompanying individual be 18 or older, so you would not be able to get by with that. They will require ID of accompanying adult and will deny boarding or require the fee when they see that he is not old enough. You can't play dumb.

https://www.united.com/web/en-US/content...

Some other airlines will allow a child to fly accompanied by a teen who is old enough not to require the UM service. You might see if there are other options that will work if you are so set against paying the fee.