Thanks to Jameel for sending me this story.
Parents flying on a summer vacation from Tel Aviv to France today left one of their children in the airport. Authorities found the child wandering, half an hour after the plane took off.
The parents arrived late at the airport and checked in quickly. Ynet (Hebrew) reports that the parents will be investigated when they return.
Having just flown alone with three children, I can’t understand how this happened. I had four American passports, four Israeli passports, four tickets, and four boarding passes. Four seats. I must have counted those things twenty times. How could they go through passport control and not notice her passport wasn’t examined? Surely she wasn’t holding it herself. Didn’t they notice an extra boarding pass when they got to the gate? “I thought she was with her father and he thought she was with me” doesn’t work here.
And I guess the airline, “Sun-Dor,” isn’t so careful about making sure that all of the passengers got onto the plane, for security reasons.
The authorities said this has never happened before. Completely mind-boggling.