As you probably know, if a child traveling on a commercial flight is without the presence of a legal guardian, airlines offer an unaccompanied minor service to get them from point A to point B. Many parents take advantage of this program for their children, but there are also some dangers that come with sending your child into a busy airport without you.
In a video that was shared on TikTok by @relativelymonica, the creator shares a horrifying personal story of her daughter being lost as an unaccompanied minor. In this day and age, you wouldn't think that something like this could actually happen. Take a look to see how it all unfolded.
Good grief. Can you believe that when she got to Miami, no one helped her off the plane?! And can you even imagine receiving that phone call?? People are livid at American Airlines for messing things up, like user @brit_gil2010 who said "@American Airlines do better! this could have been tragic and on your hands!" While we shouldn't point fingers, clearly, something got lost in translation, here. And we're just so happy that this little girl was able to find her dad.
Surprisingly, some commenters are questioning the creator for using this program. TikTok user @frillyfarm said, "I tell my son to fly down to get his son and fly back with him because he is 12. I don't want that child flying alone. I myself will fly and get him. I don't trust." However, most people are chiming in on their personal experiences on using this program and how normal it is. One commenter, @courtneywithacee, said, "I flew unaccompanied my whole childhood. That is not a weird concept. The airline LOSING her is the problem!" This program helps many parents without burdening them with airline ticket costs, but clearly, it needs more attention so that something like this doesn't happen again.