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Siblings Take First Flight Alone, End Up Sharing Hotel Room With Strangers When Plane Is Delayed

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Nine-year-old Carter and his 7-year-old sister Etta have been on many flights with their family before, but the first flight they ever took without their parents turned into a complete and utter disaster.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare made a reality — but the kids’ adventure was more complex than anyone could have bargained for.

On the evening of July 22, 2018, Carter and Etta boarded a flight from Des Moines, Iowa, to Orlando, Florida. They were coming home after visiting their grandparents.

The siblings’ mom waited for them at the airport in Orlando, but she never spoke to anyone with the airline while waiting or making her pick-up plans. She had no clue that severe weather had diverted her kids’ plane to Atlanta.

Carter and Etta’s parents were totally out of the loop until Carter was able to use another unaccompanied minor’s cellphone to call his dad, Chad, after midnight.

Chad claims an airline employee drove the pair of unaccompanied siblings, in her own personal vehicle, to a nearby Holiday Inn — without his permission.

There were reportedly four other unaccompanied minors in the hotel room, plus the one female airline employee who drove them there.

The airline, however, has a different story to tell — but Chad is so furious that he’s now going after the company in a big way. Are they in the right? Or should the airline have done more?

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