When you hear children on planes, the first thing that comes to mind is a deafening scream. The next thing that pops up is a toddler that just won’t stop running around the narrow alleys of the fully stacked plane.
Couple Denies To Buy Their Child’s Ticket, Leaves Baby At Airport Check-In
Although this new viral tale is not about a child causing ear-bleeds on the air, it is a bizarre episode about how a couple left their child at the airport check-in after being asked to buy a ticket for the baby. While the conversation is mostly about children on planes and the nuisance they often cause in the air, one young child did not even get the chance to experience the flight they could ruin because of their parents.
The couple was on their way from Tel Aviv to Brussels when they selected the Ryanair flight for their commute, though they did not buy a ticket for their young child. They followed the same principle as on other transports, where a seat for the child or baby is often free.
While it does differ depending on the airline you travel on, the rules are similar in most cases. In India, an “infant” is defined as a child that has not yet celebrated their second birthday. According to Air India guidelines, an infant may be charged a fee equal to 10 percent of the basic fee for an adult. Hence, it is clearly not free, unlike the misunderstanding that led to the bizarre case.
The Couple Left Their Baby At The Passport Control, Still In the Stroller
The couple tried their chances as they attempted to board the plane with the baby with them while missing a ticket. When stopped, the parents with the Belgium passport refused to pay for a ticket, as per the Jerusalem Post.
The couple walked past passport control with their baby in a stroller and left the stroller thereafter. They did not see the need to pay for the baby. The couple attempted to board the flight without their baby, but the airport staff noticed their scheme in time and alerted the police.
The police then found the guilty couple and took them into custody for questioning. The manager at the Ryanair desk shared that everyone in sight was shell-shocked after realising what the couple had done. The manager said, “We’ve never seen anything like this. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.”
A representative of Ryanair told LADbible, “These passengers travelling from Tel Aviv to Brussels presented at check-in without a booking for their infant. They then proceeded to security, leaving the infant behind at check-in. The check-in agent at Ben Gurion Airport contacted Airport Security, who retrieved these passengers, and this is now a matter for local police.”