FLYING AS AN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR ON JETBLUE! | JetBlue A320 New Interior Review!

FLYING AS AN UNACCOMPANIED MINOR ON JETBLUE!?!

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, today, I will be flying on JetBlue airways flight 2743, from Newark New Jersey, to West Palm Beach Florida. This flight will be operated by jetBlue‘s brand new retrofitted Airbus 320! Undeniably, Newark. As much as I hate this place, I will say it is the best of the three airports, that will stand until the renovation at LaGuardia airport is done.


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Being in an unaccompanied minor and all, means you have to do unaccompanied minor things. You may ask yourself, what are these things? Well, you’ll find out exactly the differences in this review! First, you cannot check in online. You must go to the special services counter at the airport, where they will get you all set to fly!


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Once through security, I was plopped into the horrifying terminal A. Luckily, they are building an entire new terminal A, which should be done by 2021-2022. There are a few issues with this terminal, one, it’s just too small to handle the amount of passengers. Especially now that jetBlue has added Newark as a focus city, they need a larger space. Also, jetBlue shares the space with Air Canada, who operates out of two of the gates in that terminal. All the rest are jetBlue, however. For those who are not familiar with this terminal, it’s very similar to San Diego terminal one, which is featured in… Let me think about it… Still thinking… Thinking… got it, sanspotter. And oh, now you’re asking about the second issue with the terminal, is that there are almost no food or drink shops in the entire place. There is a sandwich shop, a Hudson news, and a coffee shop, and that’s it.


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I can just feel the crisp cold air of New Jersey in my lungs right now. Hold on… I’m getting off topic. Anyway, this is my flight this morning, JetBlue flight 2743. Today, my aircraft is N583JB. In fact, I have flown on this exact same aircraft once before this flight! I flew it from Newark to Fort Lauderdale, when it still at the old interior. I flew it first back in August 2019. I took this flight in January 2020.


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Once we got close to boarding time, the terminal started to fill up, and I started to get a little claustrophobic. Again, remember this was before COVID-19.


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Being an unaccompanied minor, you get… goodies let’s call them. Well, maybe goodies isn’t the right word, maybe let’s call them… Supplies! Anyway, you will get a Carnaval bracelet, a necklace, and a form that you either have to fill out before coming to the airport, or at the airport. I recommend filling out before the airport, because that makes the airport process a lot smoother. Remember, unaccompanied minors should get to the airport at least two hours before the flight, as checking in can take 30 minutes alone.


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So, we’re all aviation enthusiasts, so does this shot look good, or what?



Now, let’s get on the plane. As an unaccompanied minor, you were required to sit in row 27. If row 26 is available, the flight attendants may let you move up there. The reason why you would rather be in row 26, is because row 27 on the retrofitted planes does not have a window. Although, the jetBlue hospitality and leg room always makes up for it. We boarded on time, and we had an almost 100% full flight. In fact, my row was the only empty row on the entire plane! (The D, E, and F seats did fill up after I took this picture.)


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Anyway, let’s get into this legroom, shall we? I shouldn’t even have to comment on this. It’s a known fact that jetBlue has the best legroom in the United States, and it’s not arguable. It shows every time, and I don’t understand how it’s so impressive. You can compare this to a spirit flight, which has much less legroom, and it shows! What is crazy about jetBlue, is I don’t know how they are able to keep their price so low, while maintaining a great product? On their new planes, they also introduced a new entertainment system. It was large, and I’ll get into its contents later.


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Unfortunately, no incredible takeoff footage this afternoon, because of a lack of window seat. Anyway, on with the review. (@Z-Tube, you can fire me from LYVA for not providing takeoff footage from your home airport 😂) Pretend like I didn’t say anything. Anyway, the flight is in soon came around with a large JetBlue snack basket, which has plenty of brand-name snacks.


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Being an unaccompanied minor, you also get free eat up boxes. I got one on this flight, but I forgot to show it… I’m sorry. Anyway, I’m now debating between these two movies, please let me know which one, and for those wondering, I picked dodgeball.


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The interface for the IFE screen is nice as well, they offered a great selection, and it would’ve kept me entertained on some of the seven hour JetBlue flights.


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Anyway, that’s it for me today. So, what do I think about jetBlue‘s unaccompanied minor service? I think it’s a great way to ship, hold on, I mean send your kid away, I mean to a family member. What else would I mean? In all seriousness, the unaccompanied minor service is incredible! The only part that’s a flaw, is that there is a charge to fly as an unaccompanied minor. Depends on the airline. At the time of booking, it was $100 per way. Now, JetBlue made it $150. For those of you asking, yes, a parent or guardian is allowed to go through security with you, and walk you to your gate. They can wait there for as long as they want. Thanks for reading this review. If you enjoyed, leave a like, and please vote for my next review!

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Nice review! Hope you had a great flight!

Why all caps lol jk

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It’s proven that all caps gets peoples attention 🤷‍♂️

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Like to see jetblue as a budget airline having tv screens. Even nice airlines like etihad are removing them on their narrow bodies

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Not just that, they have the best legroom in United States, the best snacks in the United States, and some of the best crews in the United States! I don’t know how they do it.

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Hey, I am 14 and thinking on an unaccompanied minor flight! Any tips? And price?

Best things to do, get on the crews good side, get free stuff when you can. Which airline are you thinking of going on? And what route? That’ll help me tell you a little bit more.

I’m thinking either FR or EI on a short haul in Europe, just to fly and do the return again? PM for more details

@Patrick_McCormack

Ryanair does not accept unaccompanied minors as shown here: https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/useful-info/travelling-with-children/travelling-with-infants

Aer Lingus does accept UMs, I can’t give you any personal experience, cause I haven’t flown them as an unaccompanied minor before, but all of the things that I said about jetBlue, are going to most likely apply to Aer Lingus as well. https://www.aerlingus.com/travel-information/travelling-with-children/unaccompanied-minors/

Eh, won’t fire you for that. I’ve had too many experiences with no windows.


Great review. I will admit that jetBlue has done a phenomenal job with their new cabins!

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Haha

Me: phew 😳 that one was close

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Ok, so basically I am thinking of maybe heading to a busy enough European airport with EI, and then flying back the same day. What do you think of this idea?

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Well, in order to travel as an unaccompanied minor, you must have a parent or guardian at the Destiination airport, you also cannot travel on connecting itineraries.

That’s the rules with jetBlue, at least. Read that Aer Lingus article I sent you, there may be some more information there.

I imagine flying unaccompanied is scary enough on its own but through Newark is a horror story. Pretty cool story though 👍

You make a good point 🤣

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Newark really isn’t bad (@Pingu back me up here). I think people are seeing something that’s not there.

Or am I missing something?

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public comment here …

just want to point out how nice @Z-Tube is to everyone always helpful … off topic but just wanted to point it out

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Tbh I’ve never been to Newark but I’ve not heard too good things but it does seem to be a bit of a meme for some reason. No hate against the Newark guys and girls tho

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i flew ELAL business through newark and was a disaster , not on ELAL part but the airport was just plain bad. Id take the new LGA or JFK any day …Fav airport has to be either LLBG(tel aviv) or LHR

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