Two children flying alone were taken in a vehicle to a hotel room with a Frontier Airlines employee last month after severe weather diverted their Orlando-bound flight to Atlanta.
The children’s parents told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Frontier Airlines customer service could not give them information and that they only heard from their children because another minor let the children borrow a cell phone that night.
Frontier Airlines said their employees followed “standard procedure” for the handling of unaccompanied minors flying alone, as they were attended to at all times by an employee and given a hotel room.
Two children flying alone were taken in a vehicle to a hotel room with other children and a Frontier Airlines employee last month after severe weather diverted their flight to Atlanta, according to the parents of the minors who spoke to the Orlando Sentinel.
The two children, Carter Gray, 9, and Etta Gray, 7, traveled unaccompanied on Frontier Airlines flight 1756 on July 22 from Des Moines, Iowa to their hometown of Orlando, Florida, where they were returning from a visit with their grandparents. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive at 10:46 p.m. on July 22, circled the Orlando International Airport for 45 minutes before diverting to Atlanta because of the stormy weather.
The children’s mother was left waiting at the airport in Orlando, completely in the dark as to what had happened to them.
“This was the first year I said okay, they’re old enough to fly on their own, they know their phone number, they know their address,” said Etta and Carter’s mother Jennifer Ignash, to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Once the flight got diverted, the mother said, “it was like, okay, panic.”
Ignash told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she was not able to learn anything about her children’s whereabouts from Frontier’s customer service line that evening and did not receive a call from a Frontier employee until the next day.
The parents only heard from their children when shortly after midnight on July 23, an older unaccompanied minor on the flight let Carter borrow his cell phone to call his father.
“Without that child, we would have had zero idea where our kids were,” Ignash said to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Ignash said her two children were then taken by a Frontier employee using a personal vehicle to an Atlanta hotel room, where four other unaccompanied children from the flight stayed in adjoining rooms.
“We never gave approval for that to happen,” Etta and Carter’s father, Chad Gray, said in an interview.
The parents retained an aviation attorney, Alan Armstrong of Atlanta, who has been handling their public statements. Armstrong’s would not confirm in a call with Business Insider if the children’s parents are seeking legal action against Frontier, but he did say he hopes to bring attention to a neglected issue.
“The real thrust of this is to make Frontier and the entire airline industry aware …read more
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