Wednesday last week, an immigrant family left a 23-month-old boy in the Vancouver airport and learned he was missing only when contacted during the next leg of the trip. When security staff at Vancouver Airport told Air Canada they had found a very young Filipino child wandering alone near the departure gates, the airline acted quickly.
Air Canada found someone who could speak Tagalog to the child, and though he had no boarding pass with him, staff of Air Canada was able to find his parents on board one of the aircrafts. The parents and grandparents of the child, separated on the plane to Winnipeg, each thought the other adults had the boy with them.
The airline flew the child’s father round-trip back to Vancouver from Winnipeg at its own cost to be reunited with his son. Air Canada staff began checking flights that left and eventually they determined who his parents might be. Flight crews talked to them, they didn’t realize until then that the baby had been left behind.
It was a total relief to the parents and grandparents of the child, the staff of Vancouver airport and Air Canada took good care of him.