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Parents, how does one forget a child at an airport?

post #1 of 13
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I mean really! I can imagine leaving a purse behind, an I-Pod, or even a laptop, but a CHILD? Come on.

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post #2 of 13
The only way I can see it is if the Mom thought the Dad had the kid and the Dad thought the Mom had the kid. And somehow they weren't sitting together on the plane.
post #3 of 13
Not the first time this has happened and its like Telynn says - one parent thinks the child is with the other; they are separated in the airport running to catch the plane; board separately and wind up sitting separately.

IMO its not about "neglect" per say.
post #4 of 13
I would not call it neglect but irresponsible. I can't imagine ever doing that.
post #5 of 13
With a family that large, I think they should have a buddy system like kids do on a field trip. That way, one person is responsible for another to keep track of.
post #6 of 13
It's easy enough to see how this sort of thing can happen, but that's why you have buddy systems. When you need to keep track of a whole bunch of people, particularly kids, you have to take special measures, and you can't assume that 'somebody else' has the com on the situation.
post #7 of 13
I wouldn't be surprised if the parents DID have a buddy system in place, and somebody dropped the ball. I really don't think that this is a case of neglect at all - and I bet the parents are absolutey horrified that it happened.

They had all the kids, and all the luggage, in a horrendously busy airport, and were probably very frazzled and stressed trying to make their flight. I think it was probably a mistake - a very serious and scary mistake, but not neglect on behalf of the parents. They're probably feeling guilty enough right now as it is without being investigated for neglecting their child.
post #8 of 13
You would think though, that once on the plane they would notice the empty seat. Surely even if the seats were apart, one of the parents was supposed to sit next to the 3 year old.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
I'm the youngest of five, and we traveled a lot with my Dad as a whole family. We made it by constant head counts.

Also, how did they make it on the plane with seven ticket stubs and only six people? You'd think in this security conscious time that wouldn't have happened.
post #10 of 13
I'm not trying to be mean or anything, but aren't there leashes made for children? I would think that a busy airport would be a perfect application for such a device.....you may now commence flaming me
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
I'm not trying to be mean or anything, but aren't there leashes made for children? I would think that a busy airport would be a perfect application for such a device.....you may now commence flaming me
Hey, my dad used to get tied to a leader outside his parents' house when the babysitter took him outside. Then again, he DID taunt the elderly babysitter saying, "You can't catch me!" and running away, so in a way, it was a perfect solution.

But, I think the harness/leash option is dependent on the parents. Some think it's cruel, some don't. However, if I had a child that constantly ran from me, you bet I'd have him leashed to me.
post #12 of 13
No flaming from me regarding kids and leashes. My grandmother had a set for her twins and that was in the 1940s!

This just made me think of my friend who will be flying from Alaska with wife, a 6 year old, a 1 1/2 year old, and a 3 month old. (I don't pity him at all.)
post #13 of 13
I had one that connected my child and me, wrist to wrist. Used it when we went to crowed places, like the state fair. My son liked it so much he insisted on wearing it around the house.
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