Air Canada compensates family after bumping ten year old boy from overbooked flight – Business Insider: It appears that when this family traveling on vacation arrived at the airport, they learned before boarding that their little boy was chosen randomly to be bumped from yet another overbooked flight this week. It gets much worse.
It turns out, the family decided to have the father be bumped and the child go with the mother. Sounds OK, yes? NO! The airline said, if the father stays behind, his seat would go to the next overbooked person, NOT his own son!
So the family had to make a torturous change in plans to fly instead of boarding the plane. This is why ‘overbooking’ must be outlawed. It is a hideous way to run a business and the family is contemplating suing and I hope they sue and get a huge pay off.
Guess what the payoff was offered? Less than $2,000 and only as a voucher to fly with these idiots in the future. ‘We are very generous’ said the crocodile who works for the airlines as PR person.
Is this a one time thing for Air Canada? Nope. They have this tick about children flying: make them walk the plank! A 15 year old traveling alone, was stranded this way with a $10 food voucher at an airport for 24 hours! Back last July, no less.
They promised, they swore they would never abuse a child again after that fiasco blew up in their faces and then…told that 10 year old crying child, he had to be left behind because they overbooked a flight, as per usual.
Who do they hire for airline travel? Genghis Khan? Darth Vader? Grandfather of 12 year old left stranded, calls on a review of children being bumped policy…
Brian Truelove said Air Canada should improve its policy on transporting minors after 15-year-old Hayden Levy was forced to sleep on the floor at Toronto’s International Airport.
Now I learn the kid was forced to sleep on the floor because he was too young to go sign up in a hotel…OMG.
Levy was travelling from Winnipeg to Halifax two weeks ago but was bumped from his connecting flight when the airplane stopped over in Toronto.
Following the incident, Canada’s national carrier apologised and gave the teen a CAD$400 voucher as compensation.
But Truelove has criticised the airline’s policy, saying his grandson is “too young to book a hotel room but not too young to bump off a flight”.
So, they gave him only $400? Um, sorry, but in both cases, this is called ‘child abuse’ and the adults doing this should be put in jail or fined heavily at least. When parents entrust their children to strangers who then abuse them, this is ILLEGAL.
It isn’t just Air Canada, an Asian airline did this, too, to a 12 year old child who was left crying at a strange airport!
In June, a father said he was suing Cathay Pacific for US$250,000 (NZ$355,000) after his 12-year-old son was left unattended while flying from Hong Kong to India.
Ram Prasad Poosaala said he specifically requested the airline’s unaccompanied minor service when his son, Raja Ram Poosaala, was travelling to Hyderabad last year to visit his grandmother.
We all have to protect children when running a business that involves either housing or transporting children. Schools, for example, can’t just dump children any old place. Why?
It happened to me when I was in first grade!!! First day of school, the teacher put me on the wrong bus, the bus drove into the mountains away from Scottdale, Arizona and ordered me off the bus! I cried, he told me to go or else and I exited.
Walked all the way home through the desert. It took me over five hours. During that time, all the sheriffs, police and military helicopters were looking for me but I evaded them because I was told to never talk to strangers if I got lost!
I made it home finally and told my parents that I wasn’t going to school ever again, the walk home was too difficult.
But this raises strong emotions in me due to that past event. I must have been cursed because I was already raped by a powerful neighbor in Wisconsin, hit by lightning and…well, it only got more, not less challenging.
The fact is, we have this unwritten obligation to protect children. The US bombs or shoots children all the time, so do other rulers, it is all too common. Children are ridiculously easy to kill and when Trump said he was bombing Syria because children died in an attack of unknown origin, he did this and it pisses me off.
Typical of all adults when they get power: they kill children or abuse them. Stop it, guys. Just stop.