16 May 2008

Parents board flight, forget toddler at airport

BlkAv8tor2003 Checkin' In!!!

Good Morning all,

This seems to be just a lack of communications between family members. Although I would suggest in the future and I have seen passengers do this, hand held walkie talkies. I know this is after the fact but it your fun doesn't have a "chirp" feature this would be a cheap and easy way to stay in contact with the family members. One goes ahead and checks in, one is checking bags or getting food while one is at the gate. Plenty of scenarios to choose from. Maybe this situation is a lesson for us all, "When we rush, Bad things can happen". Now an Air Canada spokesperson saying that "they didn't know that the young child wasn't on the airplane, because lap passengers aren't given boarding passes." I don't know if it's an Air Canada thing but when I was flying domestically and internationally we have had children issued a boarding passes. No seat number is given, just an "INF" code on it. I'll have to remember to post info on how to make a reservation and how to make things appear a certain way. Hopefully I can post that one today, Keep an eye out for that. Overall though it's sounds like everything turned out ok. I'll keep an eye out for any updates.

Thanks for the info Yahoo news.

Tickets, check. Passports, check. Luggage, check. Baby ... oops.

A family boarded a flight on Monday in westernmost Canada, and forgot their tot at the Vancouver international airport, media said Tuesday.
The 23-month-old boy's family had just arrived in Canada from the Philippines, but they were forced to repack their overweight bags before catching a connecting flight to Winnipeg, causing them to run late.

In their sprint to the gate, the family became separated.

The boy's father Jun Parreno, told local media he had thought his son was with his wife and the boy's grandparents, who ran ahead. They thought the boy was with his dad.
On the plane, the family members were seated separately and so did not immediately realize they had left the child behind.

Sometime later, a security guard found the boy, who speaks no English, wandering near the departure gate, and Air Canada officials tracked down his shocked parents on the flight.
Because the boy was so young, he was not issued a boarding pass and would have sat on a parent's lap during the flight, so airline personnel did not notice a passenger was missing.
According to the Vancouver Sun, airport security found a Tagalog-speaking Air Canada agent who looked after the child while his father flew 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) back to Vancouver to pick him up and then return to Winnipeg to rejoin the immigrant family on their first day in Canada.

The baby was kept in Air Canada's offices and staff found him some toys, said local media.

"Air Canada took good care of him," Parreno told the daily Winnipeg Free Press upon arrival.

"I'm grateful."

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