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United Airlines put an underage passenger on a plane to the wrong country

A 14-year-old boy from Raleigh, North Carolina, endured an all-night ordeal after the United Airlines unaccompanied minor escort service directed him onto a plane heading to the wrong country. The paperwork that the 14-year-old was given had the correct flight information on it, but there was a gate change between when it was printed and when he arrived at Newark for the connecting flight. ( More...

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This kid will be able to drive himself to Newark in a year or two, so Mommy dearest really should relax.
Colin Seftel 3
How can a passenger board with a boarding pass for a different flight? It would surely be flagged by the scanner at the gate.
At the age of fourteen I was flying all over the place, alone, and never needed someone to hold my hand to get to the correct airplane. We live in a strange time.
aurodoc 2
Yes At the age of 10 my parents put me on an American 707 from Phoenix to JFK and my grandparents met me AT THE GATE(remember those times?) I wore a bolo tie and nice pants for trip. Seemed OK back then, like riding a bike after dinner and told to be back by 9 with no worries about my safety.
bentwing60 1
You can bet that after United discovered their goof this kid got the royalty/VIP treatment in spades. And if he wasn't a beta boy, I hope he realized he was out for the Lark of his life! When I was 14 I was already a confirmed airplane geek with thick glasses and figured the closest I would ever get to a cockpit was watching em come and go. Cheers.
sharon bias 1
If an airline is going to charge a fairly large fee for an unaccompanied minor escort, then they have a responsibility to get the child on the correct plane. That a United employee didn't catch that there was a gate change is really unacceptable. All you have to do is look at the pretty signs above the check-in counter to get flight information.
Cansojr -2
This is nothing short of irresponsibility and child endangerment. United should be banned from caarying children travelling alone for a period up to 5 years. If that was my child that person should consider moving in a literal sense.
Mark Duell 9
United policy already prohibits unaccompanied minors in several aspects of this case (no connections, no partner airlines). This was a rogue agent in RDU putting an out-of-policy obligation on the EWR UM handler.
Cansojr 0
Excellent explanation Mark!
Cansojr 0
What on earth is wrong with the comment above. It mmakes child safety a priority. and laws with no teeth to protect our children.
Did I miss the part where the kid was on his way to get a heart transplant? What danger was he in exactly?

Inconvenience is not dangerous. And I'm sure United would very gladly accept your five year ban punishment, so you might want to think that through.
Cansojr 0
This comment was about child safety, and laws to protect children alone on flights.
Bob Yurek 0
A) it's United. B) It's Newark. Surprising?
Karl Schneider -6
Oh boo hoo...more pearl clutching. I'm betting the kid was far less traumatized than his mommy who is probably scouring the yellow pages for a lawyer. It looks like a silly but benign mistake...where's the harm?
James Simms 0
If it were your child, you’d be screaming Bloody Murder looking for several heads to chop off.


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