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We’re Super Sorry We Stranded Your Kid(s)

We’re Super Sorry We Stranded Your Kid(s)
Jennifer Billock

A family from Michigan is suing Spirit Airlines for removing their daughter from a flight without notice and without the opportunity to discuss it; the daughter was unable to call her mother thanks to Spirit’s no-call policy on flights, and the mother had no idea the daughter was gone from the airplane.

Several airlines are under fire today for allegedly stranding children at airports without their parents. Spirit Airlines is being sued by a Michigan mother who says her 15-year-old daughter was removed from a flight due to overbooking. The mother and her son were sitting in the back of the plane and the daughter in front when the incident occurred; the daughter then tried to contact her mother but couldn’t because Spirit doesn’t allow voice calls on planes.

“They didn’t want to hear anything,” the family’s attorney told NBC26. “They just pulled her off the plane.”

In a similar incident, Air Canada and WestJet left a 15-year-old girl stranded at an airport in Canada after flight delays due to a combination of high volumes of spring break travelers, landing of all Boeing 737 MAX 8s and ticketing problems. The girl was traveling alone and was unable to get help from the airlines.

“They didn’t do the right thing,” the girl’s stepmother told Yahoo News. “They left a 15-year-old without a confirmed flight and then sent her out through security when there was no one there to help her.”

All three airlines have since issued apologies for the incidents.

[Image Source: Spirit Airlines]

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