Posted 16 June 2017 - 11:26 AM
Why do you think you should get an exception? Just because you know a lot about trains? Sorry, the world the doesn't work that way.
I feel like I am able to travel alone on Amtrak. I handle all Amtrak travel for over 100 family members, I'm even writing a book about traveling on Amtrak. I think there should be an interview to see if a child is capable of traveling on their own. Maybe I'm wrong, and I'm not capable, but since I'm in charge of everything when traveling with family on a train, and never once have I booked the wrong ticket, station, been on the wrong train, or been left behind.
Sorry, Henry. It isn't about you and I am sure you are perfectly capable. I myself rode from Los Angeles to Chicago on the Super Chief by myself when I was 15. Santa Fe had no policy against it, so it was perfectly all right then.
But the corporate policy is the corporate policy, and, as others have pointed out, it is probably primarily for legal and liability reasons. There don't appear to be any exceptions to the policy. Don't take it personally, it isn't a reflection on you. I don't think Mike was saying you were not capable, but rather that exceptions aren't made.
With that said, if you are willing to take the possible consequences, that is your decision. But bear in mind, no one is going to risk their job to let you ride. Policies around minors tend to get a lot of attention because the consequences of something happening to a minor are pretty severe in terms of publicity. So, unlike some other policies, this one is likely to be enforced.
Edited by zephyr17, 16 June 2017 - 11:41 AM.
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