The internet went crazy knowing that the famous 'Home Alone 2' mishap happened in reality and had mixed opinions over this issue.
Christmas is a time of hustle and bustle for Airline officials dealing with a massive crowd at the airport. However, it is no reason to make a careless mistake, especially when it involves a child. Remember the slipup that Kevin McCallister experienced in the movie 'Home Alone 2' when he was supposed to fly with his family to Miami but ended up in New York City instead? To some extent, the same thing happened to 6-year-old Casper from Philadelphia. As first reported by the CNN affiliate, WINK News, the little boy who was traveling unaccompanied to visit his grandmother in Florida for Christmas ended up in the wrong destination and the internet is not having it.
Flying with Spirit Airlines, Casper was supposed to land in Fort Myers, Florida where his grandmother, Maria Ramos was waiting to pick him up. However, the little boy's first time flying turned into a chaotic situation when the airline flew him over a hundred miles away from his actual destination to Orlando instead. As the grandmother frantically checked for her grandson as the flight arrived, she was in dismay. "They told me, 'No, he’s not on this flight. He missed his flight.' I said, 'No, he could not miss his flight because I have the check-in tag,'" said Ramos to the news channel. The worried grandmother even ran into the plane to check with the flight attendant and came to know that Casper hadn't flown on that flight at all.
Ramos was then relieved to hear from Casper who landed in Orlando and she had to travel four hours to pick him up. Causing this scary and stressful situation for her, Spirit Airlines offered to reimburse her for the ride. However, the concerned grandmother questioned, "I want them to call me. Let me know how my grandson ended up in Orlando. How did that happen? Did they get him off the plane? The flight attendant – after Mom handed him with paperwork – did she let him go by himself? He jumped in the wrong plane by himself?"
In an apology statement to the media channel, Michael Lopardi from Spirit Airlines said, "On Dec. 21, an unaccompanied child traveling from Philadelphia (PHL) to Fort Myers (RSW) was incorrectly boarded on a flight to Orlando (MCO). The child was always under the care and supervision of a Spirit Team Member, and as soon as we discovered the error, we took immediate steps to communicate with the family and reconnect with them. We take the safety and responsibility of transporting all of our Guests seriously and are conducting an internal investigation. We apologize to the family for this experience." However, as the news channel posted about this on YouTube, people pointed out that both the airlines and the family were at fault here.
"I don’t think this is the fault of the airline. The attendants must supervise hundreds of passengers! Grandma Should have flown to pick up the little boy if she was so concerned!! These people should be ashamed of themselves, what’s wrong with you? He’s just a little boy!!" commented @bexielynne. "I hope they don't think they are gonna sue the airline because any judge would throw it out and still hold the family accountable," pointed out @myrtlemoore7611.