Oversight at O'hare, 9-Year-Old Stranded 8 Hours
Airline delays are relatively common these days, but as KXNT’s Robert Rytina reports, one nine-year-old boy accidentally became an all-day, stand-by passenger:
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9-year-old Julien Reid was forgotten in a waiting room at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport for almost eight hours on Saturday after a representative from the airline failed to place him on a connecting flight, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
The boy was headed home to Ottawa on a United flight from San Francisco, where he was visiting his father. When the boy’s mother showed up at the airport to pick him up, he was nowhere to be found. That’s when Julien, using his cell phone, called, telling her he was still at the Chicago airport in a “tiny, little room cramped with kids,” where they played the same video on a loop all day. The only food he’d been given was McDonald’s, but Julien is a vegetarian. He said the other children were yelled at to “stop being kids.”
The mother then spoke with the attendant who told her that no one had come to pick Julien up for his connecting flight. Poor Julien finally got on a flight after eight hours.
Asked about his experience, Julien told the Ottawa Citizen: “I’ll tell them to get me a better flight next time.”
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said Monday the airline placed him on the next available flight.