Nine-Year-Old's Bizarre Night In Airport Storeroom
A nine-year-old boy has spent a night in a storeroom at Melbourne Airport in a bizarre incident over the weekend.
Katie Meredith claims that her son John slept last Thursday night in a less-than-ideal lodging situation with two other unaccompanied minors after their flight was diverted.
Mrs Meredith said she put her little one on a 6:30pm Brisbane flight to go and spend the weekend with his grandparents in Sydney.
But things started to go awry when the flight was diverted to Melbourne because of bad weather.
It got worse when Virgin Australia reportedly went looking for accommodation for the John and two other children but couldn't find any due to the Grand Prix.
They spent the night
“My parents were waiting at the gate and no one was around to tell them it had been diverted. It was at 11.40 that night they were finally contacted by someone from Virgin telling them John had landed in Melbourne,” Ms Meredith said.
“They called on an unlisted phone and didn’t leave a contact so we were unable to get details about where he would be going.”
According to the family, John's grandmother received messages from the airline saying the were getting McDonalds and booked on a flight the next morning, but received no word on where he was staying.
Virgin disputes some of the claims and also apologised:
“Our ground crew supervised the child and made him as comfortable as possible in a room in our Melbourne Airport Lounge ahead of his flight the following morning,” the airline said in a statement.
"We take the utmost care when transporting unaccompanied minors and aim to ensure their nominated guardians are aware of any developments as they arise,
We apologise for any breakdown in communication between our team and the child’s guardian during the course of the evening.”
The airline is undertaking an internal investigation.