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    CO - 10-yr-old Boy Found Wandering In Airport

    A local couple is upset after their 10-year-old son flew as an unaccompanied minor on Delta Airlines and he was left stranded at the airport. The boy's parents thought an airline worker would be watching him.
    "I went up to gate and found him wandering around the terminal," said father, Terry Farnsworth.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...0484&qs=1;bp=t

    I would be POed to if my kid was wandering by himself in the airport after paying to have him looked after. Where is airport security? What were they thinking?

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    "I went up to gate and found him wandering around the terminal," said father, Terry Farnsworth.
    Sounds like the father was late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine Mom
    Sounds like the father was late.
    what makes you say taht MM?
    even if he was--- a 10 year old should not have been "let go" by the airline who
    had taken responsibility for him-

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    Personally I think its irresponsible to allow a 10 YO to fly alone.

    Delta isn't running a babysitting service.

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    I agree with you Amaraan but...in most unaccompanied minor cases the families pay a fee to make sure the child is looked after. Unless the policies have changed in the past couple of years a child under 12 had to be signed in at the embarkation point, and have the name and number of the person picking up on the other end. If there was a plane change the child would be escorted by an airline employee to make sure they were on the next plane. At the destination the ID of the person picking up the child had to be shown before the child could leave the employee area.

    I would never send my kids when they were little on a plane alone but it is done all the time and the airlines do have safeguards in place for kids to travel safely.

    Someone dropped the ball, but thank goodness it turned out okay. It is usually a system that works well, that's why we hear about it when it doesn't!

    Lynie

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    Quote Originally Posted by j2mirish
    what makes you say taht MM?
    even if he was--- a 10 year old should not have been "let go" by the airline who
    had taken responsibility for him-
    First, I agree that a 10 year old shouldn't just be let go. Delta needs address this.

    Second, apparently the plane had already been emptied when dad got there. If not, he would have been waiting for the child, not the child waiting for him.

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    If they can't even keep luggage straight what makes people think they are capable of watching after their kids any better? I would hesitate to let a child fly alone. The airline should have had this kid sitting in a safe area with an employee watching over him. If they cannot provide this service then they certainly shouldn't charge people for it.

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    In response to the last 2 posts. Yes, Delta does need to take responsibility. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to argue it) "we" are not allowed to greet our family/friends at the gate anymore due to the new laws. Only ticketed passengers are allowed to make it to the gate. So, yes, the plane would have been empty. Where he would have had to meet his son was a baggage or some other predetermined location that was agreed upon by Delta and the father. He should have never been left alone for a minute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann
    Personally I think its irresponsible to allow a 10 YO to fly alone.

    Delta isn't running a babysitting service.
    I dont disagree, I wouldnt let mine fly-- but the airline did take the child
    and offered the service

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernpixie
    In response to the last 2 posts. Yes, Delta does need to take responsibility. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you want to argue it) "we" are not allowed to greet our family/friends at the gate anymore due to the new laws. Only ticketed passengers are allowed to make it to the gate. So, yes, the plane would have been empty. Where he would have had to meet his son was a baggage or some other predetermined location that was agreed upon by Delta and the father. He should have never been left alone for a minute!
    I found this in the FAQs on Delta's website:

    http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...lone/index.jsp

    A parent or guardian must accompany children ages 5–14 until they are aboard the airplane. We ask the adults to remain in the gate area until the plane takes off.

    Adults planning to escort children to or from departure/arrival gates must obtain proper documentation from the Delta Ticket Counter before attempting to pass through airport security checkpoints. Only one adult will be permitted through security.


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    My daughter flew a number of years ago by herself (she was about 9) from Houston to Chicago to visit my parents. When I bought her ticket, we were given 2 ID badges - one for my daughter to wear on ID purse-type thing that hung around her neck and the other one was to send to my mom who was picking her up. On the ID for my daughter was the name of my mom, her contact info, and the name of the American Airlines person who was responsible for my daughter during her flight. My mom's ID card had the AA person's name on it so she could get my daughter on the other end. It worked great.

    This was about 12 years ago though so I have no idea how things have changed since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marine Mom
    I found this in the FAQs on Delta's website:

    http://www.delta.com/planning_reserv...lone/index.jsp

    A parent or guardian must accompany children ages 5–14 until they are aboard the airplane. We ask the adults to remain in the gate area until the plane takes off.

    Adults planning to escort children to or from departure/arrival gates must obtain proper documentation from the Delta Ticket Counter before attempting to pass through airport security checkpoints. Only one adult will be permitted through security.
    then I dunno

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amraann
    Personally I think its irresponsible to allow a 10 YO to fly alone.

    Delta isn't running a babysitting service.
    I agree, while I know that some families have no other choice with custody issues and such, I wouldn't feel comfortable letting my son fly alone. I just don't have the stomache for it, I'm such a worrier!!
    Just My Humble Opinion

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    My children have both flown solo. You have to pay a fee. You get a special pass to take the child through security and up to the gate, then see them on the plane. On return, you get another pass to meet them at the gate. In a way, the airline is a paid babysitter, as the fee agreement states that the child will be accompanied by an adult on and off the flight. My daughter told me that during a layover she and a couple of other unaccompanied minors were escorted from the gate to a holdover room. She said they were never out of sight of the airline personnel. Also, all the unaccompanied minors sat in the same area of the plane and were looked after by their own flight attendant. (My kids always fly in the summer -- you want to see busy, check out the unaccompanied minor check-in line at any major airport during the summer!)

    I don't know the whole story as to why the father wasn't there to pick up his son, but the airline should never have let that child go. They're supposed to wait for the parent and even check IDs. Think of what COULD have happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rle7
    A local couple is upset after their 10-year-old son flew as an unaccompanied minor on Delta Airlines and he was left stranded at the airport. The boy's parents thought an airline worker would be watching him.
    "I went up to gate and found him wandering around the terminal," said father, Terry Farnsworth.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...0484&qs=1;bp=t

    I would be POed to if my kid was wandering by himself in the airport after paying to have him looked after. Where is airport security? What were they thinking?
    I have a child who has travelled alone, or in the presence of other minors several times. Unaccompanied children WILL BE supervised, but the parent/ticket purchaser has to REQUEST it and PAY A FEE. We never had one problem. My minor child was introduced to the staff on the plane, escorted first onto the plane, and last to leave, in the presence of the stewards. I think the cost was roughly $30, not a lot to insure your kid's safety.

    If whoever put him on the plane did not request that he be supervised then the airline was well within its rights to allow him to be unsupervised. It may be stupid for the airline to allow such a young kid to wander around unsupervised, but I think the buck is going to stop with whoever put him on the plane.

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