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.
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7553 times:
When I was working in cabin services we had a contract with Condor for the summer, and we had one day when the two parents left their kid on the aircraft, to be discovered by the flight attendants after everyone had deplaned. Definetly was a case of if I didn't see it I wouldn't of believed it.
Perhaps this sort of thing is more common than one would think?
Kdonohue From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 7478 times:
What seems strange is that the article quotes 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. Three years ago we took our two month old son from Vancouver to Toronto and Montreal, and he was issued a boarding. No seat number, just an INF code on it. Why wouldn't this young child be issued a boarding pass?
Tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12710 posts, RR: 81
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7318 times:
Quoting Kdonohue (Reply 2): What seems strange is that the article quotes 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. Three years ago we took our two month old son from Vancouver to Toronto and Montreal, and he was issued a boarding. No seat number, just an INF code on it. Why wouldn't this young child be issued a boarding pass?
Apparently, they were connecting through YVR en route to Winnipeg from the Phillipenes. Boarding passes aren't normally issued at the transit airport, just the origination airport. So it depends on what the policy was of the airline that they flew from the Phillipenes, which might have just been a code share or partner, not Air Canada.
Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5957 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7144 times:
Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Thread starter): 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.
Just another life lesson: always get positive confirmation when a slip-up could endager lives. Kinda like flying with reading back hold short instructions.
SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 6957 times:
Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 3): Apparently, they were connecting through YVR en route to Winnipeg from the Phillipenes. Boarding passes aren't normally issued at the transit airport, just the origination airport. So it depends on what the policy was of the airline that they flew from the Phillipenes, which might have just been a code share or partner, not Air Canada.
The only airline that flies MNL-YVR is Philippine Airlines, which has no agreement whatsoever (save perhaps interline agreements) wth Air Canada.
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SkyguyB727 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6467 times:
I'm always amazed when I see forgotten, gate checked strollers in the jetway on flight arrivals. I've had some that were never claimed after sitting onhand for several weeks. It makes me wonder if the passenger has somehow forgotten their child somewhere and therefore does not need the stroller.
Dragon6172 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 1212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6356 times:
I thought it was nice that Air Canada paid the tab to fly the father back to Vancouver to get his kid, and then on to Winnepeg again. Not something that they had to do I would think, but certainly made it easier for the whole family. Bravo to them.
Let's see - my father left my sister, age 11, in a restaurant restroom once at 2 am on a long road trip. He stopped to get a cup of coffee while we all stayed in the car. She had to use the can and didn't tell him when she went in.
My mother left my brother at my aunt's house once at age 8.
Of course with 6 kids, we eventually had to learn to count off. (We're all over 50 now).
Just a couple years ago my 14 year old nephew ask us if he could ride with us to a cousin's house while both families were visiting my father. He did not tell his parents he was riding with us, and they spent two hours looking for him.
Any time you have a group of people separated with a small child, the odds of one group thinking the other has the child physically with them and both groups being wrong are amazingly high.
It does happen alot. Not usually in airports, but grocery stores, department stores, schools, kids left at church, or a home or at a friend's house.
Any parent who says they never made such a mistake, even for a very short time is not being completely truthful.
Rikkus67 From Canada, joined Jun 2000, 1753 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5832 times:
Although not in the aviation industry, this happened twice at a restaurant I worked in. YQL- Lethbridge, Alberta, is about 110km's 60 miles from the Canada/USA border. In the first instance a tourbus company was taking skiers from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Whitefish, Montana, USA. They stopped at the restaurant where a female skier and partygoer went to use the washroom...for an extended period of time. Both buses were boarded without a proper headcount. The skier came out of the washroom about 20 minutes after both buses had left, and was more embarrassed than anything. We contacted the border crossing, and they said they would hold the buses. The skier wasn't sure how she was going to pay for a 100km taxi ride (her purse was in the bus), but as luck would have it, a local farmer from that area offered her a ride to the border....
In the second instance, two families were travelling from the USA (not sure from where), and stopped at the restaurant as a rest stop before heading to Edmonton, Alberta. After filling up their stomachs, the two groups got in the respective cars, with kids switching places between the two. Another instance of a slow exit from the washroom, as one young child came out to find everyone gone. It took quite a while to calm down the child, before we could get a bit of information from her. With little more than a description of two cars travelling together, and the colour of the cars, we called the RCMP. In this case, it took over 4 hours to locate the vehicles (they were more than 3/4 of the way from Lethbridge to Edmonton), and an additional 4+ hours for the group to return to pick up the child. The parents were greatful and relieved that the girl was OK....
I spent many years travelling with my sisters' rep soccer team. We did quite a bit of international travel to the USA, and also went to Europe (she played for a very successful team). Any time we were in an airport, train station, or other public place, we would always coordinate what time to meet, and ALWAYS did a headcount. At the time it always seemed like overkill, but it certainly ensured that noone was left behind!
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5504 times:
Left my little brother at the airport once (3M3). He had gotten bored while waiting mom and dad to finish their lessons for the day, so he wandered out of the FBO and into the woods around the airport beacon. Mom and I left, assuming that Dad would get him when he came home. Dad left the airport thinking that we'd taken my brother with us. Shortly we got a call from the FBO that my brother needed a ride home.
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Cytz_pilot From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 569 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4571 times:
Quoting RFields5421 (Reply 12): Any parent who says they never made such a mistake, even for a very short time is not being completely truthful.
Tell me about it! My wife and I consider ourselves to be overly attentive, but during a family Christmas Eve party, my 2-year old son slipped out the side door of my mother-in-law's business without anyone noticing. He walked across the empty parking lot and actually walked out onto the road. Luckily it's a quiet town with little traffic especially on Christmas Eve, and luckily the first person to drive by saw him, stopped and stayed with him until we came running. Man, I thought I'd never breathe properly again.
Actually I'm a bit surprised with the responses of this thread, the last thread I remember like this, where a toddler ran off from a check-in desk and ended up on a baggage belt, was filled with post after post of anger aimed at the parents. I'm glad people realize that all parents make mistakes occasionally - and that doesn't automatically make them bad parents!