6-year-old boy traveling to visit grandma for Christmas in Fort Myers put on wrong Spirit flight
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The boy landed in Orlando instead.

A 6-year-old boy who left on a flight for the Christmas holiday to visit his grandmother in Southwest Florida instead was put on the wrong plane and ended up 160 miles away in Orlando.

When the grandmother, Maria Ramos, showed up on Thursday at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers to greet her grandson who was flying for the first time from Philadelphia, she was told he wasn’t on the Spirit Airlines flight.

“I ran inside the plane to the flight attendant and I asked her, ‘Where’s my grandson? He was handed over to you at Philadelphia?’ She said, ‘No, I had no kids with me,’” Ramos told WINK News.

She then got a call from her grandson from the airport in Orlando, telling her that he had landed.

An email was sent to Spirit Airlines on Tuesday morning seeking comment.

In a statement to WINK News, Spirit Airlines said the boy was under the care and supervision of an airlines employee the entire time, even though he was incorrectly boarded on a flight to Orlando. Once the mistake was discovered, the airlines let the family know, the statement said.

“We take the safety and responsibility of transporting all of our Guests seriously and are conducting an internal investigation,” the statement said. “We apologize to the family for this experience.”


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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  • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Everything" American

    December 26, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Good evening America,
    Twelve to thirteen years old is a good point of reference age to start letting your childern fly alone.
    Just because you CAN do something does NOT MEAN YOU SHOULD DO IT.
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American
    *Kevin Mc’Callistar was Eleven and look at the trouble he got into*

  • tom palmer

    December 26, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    I do not understand why anyone would send an unaccompanied 6 year old on a plane, train…..

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