Last updated: 02:08 PM ET, Thu June 09 2016

8-Year-Old Boy Left Alone in Germany After Unaccompanied Minor Program Fails

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 09, 2016

8-Year-Old Boy Left Alone in Germany After Unaccompanied Minor Program Fails

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An 8-year-old boy was left alone in a German airport after Condor Airlines dropped the ball with the company’s unaccompanied minor program.

According to, the young boy’s name is Seeley Kunkel, and his parents bought him a ticket for $1760 on Condor Airlines through the unaccompanied minor program to visit his grandparents in Germany.

Kunkel was dropped off at Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport by his parents and was the first person on the plane. The boy was to be guided by Condor Airlines employees to his connecting flight to Hamburg when he landed in Frankfurt, but there was no one there to meet him.

Kunkel’s mother told that the boy was the last on the plane, and eventually left the flight by himself and followed the other passengers to a shuttle bus that took the group to the customs station in the terminal.

Eventually, airport police found the boy and contacted his grandparents. The family informed authorities of the connecting flight to Frankfurt, and the boy was led to the next plane on his journey. The Condor Airlines flight from Hamburg landed safely in Frankfurt, and the boy was met by his grandparents.

Now, Kunkel’s mother wants to know what went wrong and filed a complaint with the airline.

“They pretty much said I have to submit my claim on the website and it could take weeks to hear from them,” Kunkel’s mother told “That made me angry that they didn’t see this as an immediate concern. He should have been told, 'I’m your personal attendant.  I’m going to take care of you.' That’s what I expected to happen, not that somebody’s left in the plane.”


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