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FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSMiami/AP) — American Airlines announced Thursday they will charge a fee for 12 to 14-year olds who fly solo.

The company said it will start charging $150 starting September 3rd.

Currently, American charges a fee on top of the regular fare for unaccompanied minors between 5 and 11.

The airline announced the change in an employee publication.

American said extending the fee to more youths will ensure the safest possible travel for them and match the policy at US Airways. The two merged in December to form American Airlines Group Inc.

United Airlines charges $150 each way for minors 5 to 11; Delta charges $100 each way for those 5 to 14; at Southwest it’s $50 each way for kids 5 to 11; at JetBlue it’s $100 each way for those 5 to 14.

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