Saturday, March 2, 2024

Unaccompanied 6-year-old boy placed on fallacious Spirit Airways flight: “Incorrectly boarded”

An unaccompanied little one touring from Philadelphia to Fort Myers was “incorrectly boarded” onto a airplane to Orlando, a Spirit Airways spokesman stated Sunday. The 2 cities in Florida are about 160 miles aside. 

Spirit didn’t present further particulars concerning the little one or how the error on Thursday was made, however the airline’s spokesperson did say an inner investigation was underway.

“The kid was all the time underneath the care and supervision of a Spirit Staff Member, and as quickly as we found the error, we took instant steps to speak with the household and reconnect them,” the airline spokesperson stated. 

CBS affiliate WINK-TV recognized the kid as a 6-year-old boy visiting his grandmother, Maria Ramos. The flight was his first time on a airplane, Ramos informed WINK-TV. 

“They informed me, ‘No, he isn’t on this flight. He missed his flight.’ I stated, ‘No, he couldn’t miss his flight as a result of I’ve the check-in tag,'” Ramos stated. “I ran contained in the airplane to the flight attendant and, I requested her, ‘The place’s my grandson? He was handed over to you at Philadelphia?’ She stated, ‘No, I had no youngsters with me.'”

Ramos later received a name from her grandson, saying he’d landed a number of hours away from Fort Myers, WINK-TV reported. Whereas the boy landed in Orlando, his baggage made it to Fort Myers. 

A Spirit Airways spokesperson stated the corporate apologized to the household, however Ramos stated she desires solutions.

“I would like them to name me,” she informed WINK-TV. “Let me know the way my grandson ended up in Orlando. How did that occur? Did they get him off the airplane? The flight attendant – after mother handed him with paperwork – did she let him go by himself? He jumped within the fallacious airplane by himself?”

Unaccompanied minors have traveled on incorrect flights up to now. In 2019, a boy was placed on a United Airways flight to Germany when he was speculated to be headed to Sweden. In 2009, two totally different unaccompanied women — ages 8 and 10 —  have been positioned on fallacious Continental Categorical flights. The airline blamed “miscommunication amongst workers.”

The checklist of misdirected passengers goes past kids. United Airways mistakenly flew a Kansas-bound German shepherd to Japan in 2018. The airline additionally diverted a 2018 flight from Newark to St. Louis after crew members realized that they had loaded a canine into the cargo who was meant to be going to Akron, Ohio.

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