Airline agents are supposed to aid minors who are flying by themselves
by escorting them to and from certain terminals in the airport. Often
parents can arrange for their child’s in-flight and airport assistance,
especially if the child needs to transfer planes while flying to and from
destinations. When parents are divorced, they will procure a specific
agent to always look out for their child and make sure that he or she
doesn’t miss a flight. But recently at a Fort Lauderdale airport,
an agent helped herself to her little charge’s wallet, rather than
helping him to get to his plane.
11-year-old Andre DeShong was flying from Fort Lauderdale to New York all
by himself. His parents had equipped him with a small pouch around his
neck. Inside was his ID, a boarding pass, and a wallet with $200 in cash.
The little boy’s father walked him all the way to his seat on the
plane and then left him to make the trek up. A gate agent boarded the
plan just after Andre’s father left and took the pouch. The young
boy says that he assumes the woman saw his wallet when she was taking
his boarding pass. He arrived in New York without his wallet, and contacted
his father immediately. The angered dad called 911, and Marsha Hendry
was caught on a surveillance video. The woman was suspended from her job
at JetBlue airlines almost immediately.
Like Marsha, maybe you have been charged with a crime that could cost you
your job. If you are suspected in a crime that you didn’t commit,
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