Mother Sues JetBlue For Flying Son To Wrong City
The mother of a five-year old boy who was placed on the wrong JetBlue Airways flight in August has filed a lawsuit against the airline.
Maribel Martinez is seeking unspecified damages after her son, Andy, was placed on the wrong flight leaving Cibao International Airport in the Dominican Republic and ended up at Boston's Logan Airport – all while his mother was waiting for him to arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Adding embarrassing insult to injury for the airline, JetBlue officials brought another little boy who somehow was carrying her son’s passport to a horrified Martinez at JFK.
"I thought he was kidnapped," Martinez told the New York Daily News. "I thought I would never see him again."
According to the paper, Martinez declined JetBlue’s offer of a $10,000 gift and instead filed the lawsuit
According to the court documents, Martinez alleges “great emotional distress, extreme fear, horror, mental shock, mental anguish and psychological trauma” over the incident.
It took nearly three hours for JetBlue officials to sort out the horrifying experience, finally realizing that Martinez's son Andy and the other unidentified boy were mistaken for each another at the point of origin at the airport in the Dominican Republic.
JetBlue launched its own investigation of the incident, but Martinez’s attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, told the Daily News the lawsuit was to “to shine a light on what occurred to prevent it from happening again. Any parent can understand the terrifying fear a mother goes through knowing that her child is missing. This never should have happened and the JetBlue employees should be ashamed of themselves."
JetBlue said it does not comment on pending litigation.
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