Four year old child left in airport while rest of family fly to Paris

August 4, 2008 1:00pm CST
Today a four year was found abandoned by police in Tel-Aviv airport duty free shop. The family of 7 failed to notice that the little girl did not board the plane with all the luggage and kids to manage. On the plane the parents sat apart from each other and did not notice she was not with them. Only when the cabin staff informed them did they realise ther error. Should they be punished for neglecting the child or be shown understanding?
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
4 Aug 08
I think that as long as their isn't anything in their past that is questionable as far as their parenting skills that they should not be punished. I have 3 small kids and sometimes things just get crazy. There have been times where my daughter would get into stuff because I thought that her dad was watching her and he thought I was watching her. Does it say how long after missing her the parents were told? It might not have been that long. I think they probaby feel horrible so why punish them if it was an accident? My daughter is 5 and she tends to wonder off to look at things which is probably what happened. Sure a head count on the plain would have been nice, but like they say, hind sight is 20/20.
@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
4 Aug 08
It's difficult to judge as we don't have all the facts. At first look it appears to be an unfortunate mistake. I have 3 kids and it when you're running late it's a madhouse trying to get everyone together and in one place. I can only imagine with 5 kids and all those suitcases how easy it would be to overlook a child. (ever seen the Home Alone movies?) However, I have to wonder why they did not do a head count once seated on the plane. They were actually told they were missing a child, rather than discovering it themselves. In this part I think they need to be scrutinized. So, it starts as an understandable mistake, but then goes into a punishable situation. There's no reason why they couldn't count heads before the plane left. To be told 40 minutes into your flight that your child is missing leaves something to be questioned.