A North Carolina 14 year-old, considered an unaccompanied minor, who was travelling to Sweden almost ended up Germany after a boarding gate mix-up.
The teenager, Anton Berg of Raleigh was traveling Sunday from the North Carolina capital to Newark, New Jersey, and then to Sweden.
An employee is said to have taken the minor to gate B65 where he was supposed to get into the Sweden bound plane but instead, he ended up sitting in the Germany bound plane.
The teenager later alerted the Eurowings flight, a Germany airline that he was supposed to be heading to Sweden and not Germany before they went back to the terminal where the boy was booked into the correct flight.
It was not clear how he ended up in the Germany bound plane and whether he had a boarding pass to get into that plane.
His mother was reportedly furious and accused the airline services of negligence.
“When somebody says unaccompanied minor, wrong airplane, wrong country, everybody should’ve stepped up and done something,” Brenda Berg was quoted as saying.
“It was a matter of seconds between a 14-year-old speaking up on an airplane and [him] landing in Germany.”
Anton was said to be going to Sweden to visit his grandparents and he apparently texted his father and told him that everyone on his plane was speaking German.
A United spokesman said that the safety and well-being of customers is the airline’s priority.
The responsible airline has since apologised and refunded $150 unaccompanied minor fee to the family.