I'm still young (18), but when I was younger I traveled off and on as a UM
. Mainly just on one-stops from DEN
-MHK. However, a few summers ago my UA DCA
flight was cancelled and I was all alone in Washington DC (headed to DEN
). Because of my interest in aviation, I knew I could just call UA
and have them put me on US (and get me there an hour earlier) because of the *Alliance code share, and I had a blast. I called my dad from PHL
and he couldn't believe me. Then, the flight to DEN
(last of the day) was overbooked and I called my sister in DEN
to see if it was okay to for me to volunteer. She and my father had no problem with it, and I got to stay over a night in PHL
courtesy of US Airways, in a nice Hilton (I was really nice to the gate agents) and I was able to catch my first and only A321 to DEN
in the morning. I had a great time and a great story to tell to my family about how I got a free hotel room, meals, plus $1000 in flight vouchers from UA
and US combined.
Now I know with international travel it is a lot different and your confidence in your son and in AA
can vary based on a UMs age. This is probably a very difficult time for you, not knowing what is happening to your son or where he is going to be. Depending on his age, he is very likely fine and if he has any interest in airlines and travel is probably having a great adventure, under the safety of AA
and the hopeful security of the Curacan airport system. One recommendation is to make sure that UMs carry a cell phone (GSM or Global CDMA, especially if traveling internationally), and have a little extra cash with them for airport purchases if something goes wrong.
I hope your son arrives to you safe and with a fun story to tell. Best wishes!