askST: Is it true that air passengers aged 80 and above cannot fly alone and have to be chaperoned?

A reader wanted to know if passengers aged 80 and above can travel by air alone or have to be chaperoned by a younger person.

Aviation correspondent Karamjit Kaur replies:

There is no such rule for older travellers. They can fly solo as long as they are healthy and fit.

Still, long flights can be especially tiring for anyone, more so for older people. Having someone accompany them, if possible, is therefore preferable.

Those who must travel alone and are less mobile can make a pre-flight request for wheelchair services from the airline. They will then be wheeled to the aircraft gate where someone will also help them to board. The same service is rendered when they land. Most full-service airlines provide this service at no extra cost.

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