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Missing Teen W/ Asperger's Flew UA PDX-ORD Alone  
User currently offlineCGKings317 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 306 posts, RR: 6
Posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8246 times:
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From KGW.com, (fair use excerpt):

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CANBY – A 14-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome reported missing last week managed to purchase an airport shuttle ride to PDX, then a one-way trip to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

source: http://is.gd/3XxGG

This is, in many ways, a frightening case. As an individual myself with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism, I would be scared in an unfamiliar airport with no one to turn to. I am glad that the teen was re-united with family -- with UA picking up the tab for the return trip.

~CGKings317  Smile


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User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8194 times:

All's well that end's well. It says that he used his Mom's credit card, and that makes me wonder how he got it in the first place. Like his choice of airline, however.


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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8107 times:



Quoting CGKings317 (Thread starter):
As an individual myself with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism

Huh, glad to see I'm not the only one.  Smile

Quoting CGKings317 (Thread starter):
I would be scared in an unfamiliar airport with no one to turn to.

I disagree. At just 11 years old, I was begging and pleading my parents to let me take a trip up to Seattle to watch airplanes all day. I promised them that I wouldn't leave the airport, and that I wouldn't get past security. By then I had known everything there was to know about US major airports, and I was certainly confident in my ability to handle myself. Of course my parents said no until I was 16 or 17.

Now once I actually flew by myself to the SEA airport quite a few years later, I did get a little frightened that I'd miss a connection and get stuck, but that fear subsided the night that I voluntarily stayed overnight in the terminal. If this kid, who was older than I was when I first desperately wanted to go out flying, had more experience than I did, then I wouldn't be surprised if he did such a thing.

(For the non-aspies out there) The thing to understand about people like us is that (at least in regards to me) when we are passionately interested in something, our aptitude to achieve it is out of this world. We'll work tirelessly for hours and hours meticulously planning out every detail of whatever it is we're interested in. At least this is how I tick, and talking on other forums with people with Asperger's, I feel this is a common trait.


User currently offlineCGKings317 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 306 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8056 times:
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Quoting Airport (Reply 2):

Quoting CGKings317 (Thread starter):
I would be scared in an unfamiliar airport with no one to turn to.

I disagree.

Right, but if it was my first time at a large arpt I would be confused. Maybe 'scared' wasn't the proper verbiage. Like you, I am obsessed with airplanes and airports--and geology! I voluntarily had 2 12-hr layovers in ANC on my numerous college-to-home trips so that I could watch the heavies arrive and depart. Note my sig.  

~CGKings317  

[Edited 2009-10-04 21:54:55]


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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7889 times:

As a resident of Canby, OR, I might add a little bit to this story here...

There was an article in the Saturday Canby Herald on this same kid. Apparently, he went missing for a few hours this Thursday, and was found in Oregon City (the next town over...) after failing to show up where he told his adoptive mom he would meet her.

Interesting that his next disappearance would be to ORD  Wow!

One must wonder if he was an a.nutter, or at least a forum lurker  Wink

According to the KGW news tonight, he was apparently trying to meet a girl who lives in Chicago that he was regularly texting on his phone...



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7884 times:



Quoting KLASM83 (Reply 1):
All's well that end's well. It says that he used his Mom's credit card, and that makes me wonder how he got it in the first place. Like his choice of airline, however.

According to the TV news tonight (KGW), he apparently memorized Mom's credit card number  Wow!



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineJohnClipper From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2005, 851 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7816 times:

I don't blame UA or anyone other than the parents. They had no problem dropping him off at the library alone, did they?

User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7752 times:



Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
Huh, glad to see I'm not the only one.



Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
(For the non-aspies out there) The thing to understand about people like us is that (at least in regards to me) when we are passionately interested in something, our aptitude to achieve it is out of this world. We'll work tirelessly for hours and hours meticulously planning out every detail of whatever it is we're interested in. At least this is how I tick, and talking on other forums with people with Asperger's, I feel this is a common trait.

should I be worried?  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7747 times:



Quoting Macc (Reply 7):
should I be worried?

Haha, well if you're worried that I might try and dupe investors into helping me start an airline, I won't blame you for that.  wink 


User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7741 times:



Quoting Airport (Reply 8):
Haha, well if you're worried that I might try and dupe investors into helping me start an airline, I won't blame you for that.

that as well Big grin

but I can see many of us here considering seeing a doctor now  Wink



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7931 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7599 times:

Well some of the posters would know better than I do about this, but I know a couple people with Asperger's, I could see them getting a ticket and everything, not that far fetched.


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinePart147 From Ireland, joined Dec 2008, 510 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7595 times:



Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
(For the non-aspies out there) The thing to understand about people like us is that (at least in regards to me) when we are passionately interested in something, our aptitude to achieve it is out of this world. We'll work tirelessly for hours and hours meticulously planning out every detail of whatever it is we're interested in.



Quoting Macc (Reply 9):
but I can see many of us here considering seeing a doctor now

I was just thinking the same thing myself ... ha!



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User currently offlineDAL763ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5924 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
According to the TV news tonight (KGW), he apparently memorized Mom's credit card number

What's so strange about that? It's just 16 digits we're talking about + CVC and expiration dates. I also know both my debit card number and my dad's CC#. No biggie...



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6407 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5753 times:



Quoting DAL763ER (Reply 12):
What's so strange about that? It's just 16 digits we're talking about + CVC and expiration dates. I also know both my debit card number and my dad's CC#. No biggie...

I have four credit cards, and I only know by memory the number of one of them, and that's because that one happens to have lots of zeroes in it's number. No way I know the expiration dates or anything else...  Wink



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User currently offlineJoeljack From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 939 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5691 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 13):
I have four credit cards, and I only know by memory the number of one of them, and that's because that one happens to have lots of zeroes in it's number. No way I know the expiration dates or anything else... Wink

I know both my credit card by memory and the ex p dates and the security numbers...I only takes a couple of times of entering the number buying stuff online and you got it down. At one point I also knew my mom's number too.

Similarly...I have not only my FF number memorized but my mom's, dad's, sister's, and brother-in-law's and a couple of friends too. (I am the one that books the trips most of the time with a combination of them on the same PNR)


User currently offlineType-Rated From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5545 times:

Don't you find it strange that this kid is 14 years old and already 6'1" tall and weighs 200lbs?
That's a big kid for his age. Maybe the F/A's mistok him for an adult.


User currently offlineMidcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5497 times:



Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
Huh, glad to see I'm not the only one. Smile

Same here. I'm an Aspie too.

I have memorized my mom's credit card number, the expiration date, and the security code. It's not that hard. I have my own bank card too, but since I hardly ever use it, don't have it memorized.

Tim



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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6125 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5486 times:
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Quoting Airport (Reply 2):
when we are passionately interested in something, our aptitude to achieve it is out of this world.

I would agree. I have had a couple of students with the disorder and they were very intense and really into the stuff they were into.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 15):
Don't you find it strange that this kid is 14 years old and already 6'1" tall and weighs 200lbs?

I had a friend who was 6 feet tall in 6th grade. His dad was 6'9 and his mom was 6'6. It is unusual, but it happens. He ended up being close to 7 feet, by the time stopped growing. I was 5'10 by the time I was 14, when I stopped growing.

Quoting Joeljack (Reply 14):
I know both my credit card by memory and the ex p dates and the security numbers

Not me, I have a hard enough time remembering the phone number to my job!



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User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5313 times:

I am an aspie here too. I have flown the following routes alone:

MCO-PHL-ELM-PHL-MCO
MCO-IAH-SAN-IAH-MCO
MCO-CLT-IND-PIT-MCO
MCO-PIT-ELM-PHL-MCO
MCO-PHL-ORF-CLT-MCO
MCO-ATL-DCA-JFK-MCO

I love flying alone and will often memorize the airport lyout. For example I am flying to IND in Jan of 10 for my new job and have to swtich in ATL. I will plan everything to the single bit and memorize the layout of where I need to go.

Hunter



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User currently offlineCGKings317 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 306 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5213 times:
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Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 18):
I love flying alone and will often memorize the airport lyout. For example I am flying to IND in Jan of 10 for my new job and have to swtich in ATL. I will plan everything to the single bit and memorize the layout of where I need to go.

I am in YVR right now coming in from PDX and headed to YYZ. I selected the YVR-YYZ route because t was cheap AND on a B763  Smile It was blue skies the entire way from PDX-YVR which allowed me to pin-point my location in the air. I love this airport -- A JAL 744 is taxiing as I type!

Airports = heaven-on-Earth (well, some airports anyways)  Smile

~CGKings317  Smile



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User currently offlineExtspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4970 times:

Why do you think Asperger's Syndrome is so common on this forum, it is also known as Trainspotter/Planespotter Syndrome! I have it too, but not as much (seemingly) as everyone else. I find that if I am arranging a trip I have to book things in advance and know what I am doing because I know that if I get lost I get flustered and make really stupid mistakes.

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 17):
I had a friend who was 6 feet tall in 6th grade. His dad was 6'9 and his mom was 6'6. It is unusual, but it happens. He ended up being close to 7 feet, by the time stopped growing. I was 5'10 by the time I was 14, when I stopped growing.

Falstaff, I feel your pain. I was one of the tallest people in my class up until age 14 when I stopped growing. 5'11.5" forever lol (what I would do for the extra 0.5"!). I hate feeling short like I do now. Its a bit stupid but its not fun. Big grin

Alex.



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User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4959 times:

I can never decide if I have Asperger's or if I am just a control freak... Big grin


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User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3147 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4911 times:



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 13):
I have four credit cards, and I only know by memory the number of one of them, and that's because that one happens to have lots of zeroes in it's number. No way I know the expiration dates or anything else...

I'm with you. My brain is only so big, and will hold only so many 1s and 0s. I try to memorize my wife's cell phone number, but then I forget her birth date. That's why I have speed dial. There's a good reason I don't keep credit card numbers on speed dial. I'll just have to pull out my wallet and check...

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 15):
Don't you find it strange that this kid is 14 years old and already 6'1" tall and weighs 200lbs?
That's a big kid for his age. Maybe the F/A's mistok him for an adult.

I was 6'1" in 7th grade, but skinny as a rail. Kept me from playing football. But, had a number of friends who did approach that weight with the same height. Different metabolisn, I guess.

-Rampart


User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4873 times:

I don't get why the news makes it seem like 14 year oldds don't fly alone and are stunned he made to past security. I flew EWR-LHR alone when i was 14.


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User currently offlineHeathrow From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 979 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

I flew alone YYZ-LHR return and LGW SKG alone when I was 12, and again at 14. I never had a problem. I am not shocked. My sister has aspergers, and you wouldn't really be able to tell.

25 Bennett123 : IMO, there are two issues here; 1. Should the airline/airport have spotted that he was only 14?. If he was a large lad, possibly not. Although if he u
26 DAL763ER : Who cares about the card one paid with - you can put the billing name and address of the card holder and you're good to go? You don't have to show it
27 Airstud : Everyone with the Asperger's around here... Actually I think I have it too (obsessed with patterns, networks, orthographies, and also am not exactly a
28 Airport : It wouldn't surprise me if there was a significantly larger proportion of people here who have it versus the real world. Because this forum regards a
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