Parents forget kid at airport, fly away

May 14th, 2008 - 1:57 pm ICT by admin  

By Gurmukh Singh
Vancouver, May 14 (IANS) You might have heard umpteen times of passengers forgetting their documents or handbags in a hurry to catch a flight. Ever heard someone forget their child? A newly arrived family from the Philippines here did forget their two-year-old son while catching a connecting flight to Winnipeg Monday.

Since domestic flights in Canada don’t allow heavy handbags on international flights, the family - comprising the parents and grandparents of the boy - were forced by Air Canada staff at Vancouver international airport to re-arrange their bag weight.

Having lost a lot of time in re-packing, the family got late in catching the connecting flight to Winnipeg.

In their confusion, they left the toddler behind.

As they ran separately to catch the flight, the parents thought the boy was with his grandparents. The grandparents thought he was with his parents.

This was not detected even when they boarded the plane as the family members were seated separately.

The babbling little boy was found wandering in the departure lounge and then the airport staff searched for his parents.

They brought a Tagalog-speaking airport agent to understand what the boy was saying. Finally, his family was tracked down to Winnipeg.

But by that time, they had landed in Winnipeg. They too realized that the boy was missing only when they came out of the plane.

Air Canada caught hold of the father and flew him back to Vancouver free of cost to pick up his son.

“Air Canada took care of my son. I’m grateful,” Winnipeg Free Press quoted a tearful Jun Parreno as saying as he landed with the little boy back in Winnipeg.

“This is my first day in Canada,” he said.

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