If your child will be traveling alone via Amtrak, check the rules. Starting Nov. 1, Amtrak rolls out new rules that, among other things, increase the minimum age of unaccompanied minors to 13, up from 8.
Previously, children age 8 through 14 could travel alone on Amtrak trains. Now, children 12 and under may only travel with another person who is at least 18 years old.
By raising the age from 8 to 12 they have increased it by 50%, a huge jump.
“This is not in response to any incidents,” Jeff Snowden, Amtrak senior director of service delivery, said in a statement, but “... out of an abundance of concern for the comfort and safety of all our travelers.”
So, Amtrak decides that they dont want to deal with kids traveling alone, and they blame their new restrictions on "SAFETY!"
in spite of the fact that they cant point to any problems....Shocking.
By way of reference in Germany the min age is 6 years old. 12 years old applies across much of Europe only for travel across national borders, in part because they are dealing with a human trafficing problem.