Parents board flight and forget toddler at airport.

@maddysmommy (16235)
United States
May 15, 2008 3:46pm CST
I can imagine forgetting an important document (like I have recently) while travelling, but can you imagine forgetting your own child? This family did and I feel for the young tot not even 2 years old, wondering around the airport, not knowing any English, looking for his parents. I would be most upset too if I were the parents. I know I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if I ever did something like that. (Thanks raijin for this article he shared with me on one of my discussions). http://beta.ph.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080513/tap-canada-airline-child-philippines-off-5cc1ef8.html
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
15 May 08
Ok, this just blows my mind. If there were a lot of kids to keep track of at one time, I can see one 'slipping the net' so to speak. But a TODDLER! Give me strength! The baby would be my first priority. Sorry, this just doesn't make me feel good about the skills of some parents.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
15 May 08
Blew mine away too. I'm still shocked after reading it.
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• New Zealand
16 May 08
Hi mm, This is the worst news to read.What a start to my day.When i read this i quicly left everythinbg and went to check on my little doll.Yes at times we get a bit busy in our own things .Agreed that happens with me but my husbasnd is always with my little one.We are anyways very carefull. Always keeping a eye.Crazy how people are so much ionto themselves.Foe me it is good that if i forget i will leave back my husband too!!! lol I can forget him not my baby!!!!
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
LOL I could leave my husband as well as he's old enough to take care of himself, but not my son, not ever. I find it hard to let him go anywhere with friends and their parents and other family members and he's only 5.
• New Zealand
17 May 08
Hey your kid is not very small.Darling give him his space let him learn.He will turn out to be more responsible than you expect. Love him and have faith in him.The world is no more a safe place for anyone but we have to survive in this world.We have to be strong and ,make out kids superstrong too.Help him to do that.Hugs!!!
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
21 May 08
Thanks coolimrose. I need to be told this and know that he will be ok too.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
15 May 08
People are so weird. How could you forget your child. Life isn't like Home Alone. Mind you, the first time that my daughter flew was when she was about 18 months old. As we were literally gaining speed down the runway she announced that she needed the toilet. I explained that she would have to wait for a few minutes until we were airborne and cruising. She would have none of it, and brat that she was started to shout loudly. Eventually, a flight attendant said that exceptionally I could take her to the toilet. I don't know if you have ever tried walking to an aircraft toilet with a screaming child when the plane is climbing, but it is blooming difficult. Anyway, we got there and she did her business. Once cleaned up we left. As we walked down the aircraft I notice that people were looking at us very oddly. When I got back to my seat I discovered why. She had cut her lip on my shirt button when I carried her out and my shirt front and her mouth were bloody. It must have looked like I had taken her in the toilet and punched her for screaming. I honestly didn't. But I was half expecting to be arrested at the airport when we arrived! She can wet herself next time. Or maybe she will be left behind. She is 19 and able to look after herself now!
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
It definitely reminded me of the Home Alone movie series and my heart skipped several beats when I read the news article. I would of been one of those staring at you with evil eyes probably thinking the same thing if I saw you walk out with your daughter's lip bleeding. That must of been very uncomfortable lol
• Jamaica
21 Jun 08
The easy way to threw away someone or something is to forget them.
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
16 May 08
My first thought on this was "oh not again!" until I read further and found out the whole story. As recently we had a man who had murdered his wife in another place and came here with his child and left her at the airport then took off overseas, and this story bought this back into mind. But this story also had a happy ending and if you had seen the movie Home Alone kind of reminds you of this.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
Yes I saw all the three movies and wouldn't want that on anyone. I am still in shock that this happened but also glad that he was taken care of by the airport staff for that length of time.
@gemini_rose (16194)
15 May 08
I have a 2 year old daughter and I am sorry but there is no way in this world that we as a family in an airport would get on a plane and forget her. For a start there is no way she would let us, she has a set of lungs that would out shout a ships horn, plus the kids are constantly pinned to my sides especially in a place like an airport. That child must have been terrified, I cannot imagine what was going through its mind, as it looked for its parents, how absolutely heartbreaking.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
15 May 08
I can't imagine forgetting my son either - my heart skipped a few beats when I read that story.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
16 May 08
I do not see how both parents could foget the baby. Maybe they "forgot" him on purpose. Unless they do a lot of travelling without the child, I just don't see how one could be so wrapped up in themselves that they forget their own child.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
They were both thinking the other one had him - but still no excuse. He's only 2 years old and no way would I let my son out of my sight, even now.
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
16 May 08
Alright, that makes more sense. I assume that they did not board together. Still the child at one point, had to get away from one of them without that parent knowing it.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
21 May 08
No they didn't board together and they were not sitting in the same seats or side by side, so that's why neither of them knew until the plane was contacted.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
16 May 08
wow! that is so terrible how can you forgot your own kid? unless of course if you are in the movie home alone LOL i wonder what makes them forgot the baby? are they having so many issues and problems in life? STILL that is not good enough reason to forget a baby. i sure wont forgive myself to do such thing in my own kid even if it's not my kid and even if they are just a pet. i always try to watch out what i have when i travel and i always make sure that i am reminding myself constantly - that's where my OCD serves its purpose haha! strange strange world ei? takecare!
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
Yup very strange and not surprising considering all the weird stories we hear nowadays. I couldn't believe it either and still can't.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
16 May 08
i agree, parents should be very careful about their kids. i just cant understand parents like that, it makes me feel that animals are far better than us now when it comes to parenting if this thing can happen, at least there are still parents like you, who only forgets the documents LOL kidding aside at least we have a lot of parents who is very responsible and knows how to value their family. takecare and enjoy your TGIF.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
16 May 08
I believe the majority has just spoken, I am really upset with what they did. I was not really on a mood for starting it as my own discussion, so I decided to find for topics which relates to that news and was glad that I stumbled upon your other discussion. Thank you as well, for sharing the news to others here.. As a parent, I believe that they are liable to their children/child. Maybe they are too eager and anxious to come to Canada, but to leave your child in a public/crowded place is one stupidity people can commit..
• United States
16 May 08
How can parents forget their child?That's really unforgivable.I have 1 year and 4 months old son. I wont definitely forget my son at the airport.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
I don't know how they can and it happened. I couldn't either.
• United States
15 May 08
I agree with the last comment, it's too much like home alone. I don't have children, but I know myself pretty well and I would have to see the child actually in the care of someone else to be sure that they have them. Otherwise, I wouldn't have let the child out of sight. I'm glad someone found the child, though. Where I work, we have a lot of people come in with young children and the children will often wander far away before the parent notices them.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
I am glad he was found and looked after. :)
@mummymo (23707)
16 May 08
I read about this 'mommy and I have to say my jaw dropped! I can see how it happened but how awful for the family and the toddler to go through such an ordeal! I can't imagine going through something like this - I used to panic if I lost sight of my toddler anywhere for a moment! It really sounds like something off a comedy film doesn't it? Remember when Home Alone came out and we all said no way would a kid be left behind! At least there was a happy ending though, Thank Goodnesss! xxxx
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
I did think of the movie Home Alone when I read it. I didn't think it would ever happen for real but I guess I was wrong. My heart skipped several beats when I read the story and I was very upset for the tot and angry at the parents too. I am too happy that he was reunited with his family again. I bet his parents won't ever forget him again.
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@mummymo (23707)
16 May 08
Can you imagine explaining that to him when he is older! It is so wonderful that he was found and returned safe and well! xxx
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
22 May 08
I can't imagine that at all. I bet I would be most upset if my parents told me they left me behind :(
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
16 May 08
Having a child lost in the mall is one thing, but this news is way something else!I really can't comprehend how a situation like this happen. It's not as if a parent "normally" forgets that they have brought their kid along with them when they went outside the house. I'm sorry but for a parent to forget or "lose" their child in a public place just makes me want to shake my head and makes me want to shake some sense into them, too. A couple of days ago, I went to the mall with my husband and my son. He was keeping a very close eye to our son while I was busy buying his school supplies. When all of a sudden, we heard a child screaming so loud and obviously very frightened. It turned out that he was lost and couldn't find whoever was with him. A security guard and a mall employee tried to calm him down but he just kept on crying. That's when someone in the customer service counter made an announcement saying that they have with them a lost boy wearing this and that. And that's all they can identify him. They couldn't retrieve any more info like his name or his parent's name because he looked unable to talk. My son can be a handful sometimes especially at the mall. But no matter what, I NEVER, EVER, keep my eyes off him or do I let go of his hand. If I have to do some shopping, my body is in auto pilot. Half does the shopping and half does the keeping watch over him.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
I know what you mean. My son is five and rushes off when we enter his favorite stores and I'm always chasing him down. My hubby thinks I'm too over protective and tells me to let him be and I refuse to because you just never know - he could be carried out and gone in an instant without us knowing.
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• Philippines
16 May 08
So true. My son sometimes does that, too. I mean, taking off just like that. There are times he'll try to let go of my hand and start running. And I end up, chasing after him.. My husband is like yours too. He often tells me to lessen my "mother bear" attitude. But to this I say to him, no. I can be a little less protective of our son when he's at home. But in a public and crowded place?!A firm no.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
22 May 08
I hear you on that one. Nowdays no-where is safe for our children anymore. thanks for your response.
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
16 May 08
that is unreal when I flew with my daughter when she was 2 I had one eye one her at all times an she was carried by my hubby on me most of the time
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
My son has always travelled with me and has never been out of my sight. He's my #1 priority and the bags and stuff are secondary.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
16 May 08
I totally agree with u
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• Australia
16 May 08
Ok, how in the world do you walk the long lane down to the entrance of a plane, get on and take your seats and the whole time not realize that your two year old is not with you? Seriously, people like this need to be prevented from having children. It's ridiculous! They were obviously more concerned with themselves than their child. How sad is that? Or should I say, how sad are they?
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
It's very sad and can't believe it actually happened.
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• Australia
16 May 08
Me either, it's crazy!
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
16 May 08
Really unbelieveable i wonder what can be so important belonging/matter with them that they for get their children and i also wonder about shipping line, if boarding card was issue for that young toddler then how plane fly with out him??
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
16 May 08
He was not issued a boarding pass because he was going to be sitting on his parents lap throughout the flight. Still no excuse rushing away to catch a flight and forgetting your own child. I really can't believe this happened. Thanks cupid!
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
17 May 08
u r right if u can collect lugage then how can u foregt ur kid keep in touch
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
I have a granddaughter who is almost a year and a half and her parents have to watch her carefully to see if she does not wander off and she was in a restaurant. So I can see a toddler wandering off, and the only reason I can see for forgetting is if they thought he was with relatives. Still the same, they should have made sure. Someone could have taken him home with them and his parents would have not known what happened. I could never forget my own child. Something is wrong here.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Definitely wrong. I could never forget my son either and I know I wouldn't forgive myself if I ever did.
• United States
8 Nov 08
How does someone forget their child?? OMG I have a 2 year old and there is not way I could forget him anywhere. That is just crazy. Maybe subconsiously (did I spell that right??) did it. like they are trying to get rid of their child. HOW SAD!!! I just know how my son would feel. That is so sad. I am going to be bothered by this for days to come.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I don't know how either. I was shocked when I read the article.
@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
20 Oct 08
Sorry about being so behind in answering discussions! This is awful! I would feel horrible if I was the parent. It is kinda like the Home Alone movie, except real life and even worse because it was with such a young child. How do you have a child and forget them?!
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
9 Nov 08
It's all good Flight, thanks for taking time to respond :) I don't know how anyone can forget their child. I was upset when I read the story and it wasn't even my son.
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I don't know how anyone in their right mind could ever lose their child or forget about them. How could you? My kids are always right there with me and they are never out of my sight. The parents are lucky that they got their kid back. What is someone had kidnapped the baby while they were away from him? That is crazy.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Exactly. They were very lucky their kid was taken care of by the airport staff. I don't let my son out of my sight either :) thanks for posting!
16 Jun 08
how on earth can someone forget there child a child in my eyes is always at the front of your mind and is your number one priority and number one piece of property (meant in a good sence). Honestly these people do not feserve to have children as there minds are clearly not focused on the child and I hate to imagine what kind of others things they could forget to do with there child
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I know what you mean. I couldn't believe it when I read the story - unbelievable and lucky that the child was safe and nothing happened to him.