Australian airline Virgin Blue has reportedly sacked a flight attendant who put a toddler in an overhead locker.
As an apology, the airline has also offered free flights to the child’s “devastated” mother, according to Australian newspaper Herald Sun.
The mother claims that her 17-month-old son was placed in an overhead locker by a steward while on a flight from Fiji to Sydney three months ago. However, according to Virgin Blue, the flight attendant put the young child in the compartment because he was taking part in a peek-a-boo game between the child and his father.
The mother told the paper: “My husband was standing one metre behind my son, when the air steward picked him up and placed him in the overhead compartment. I stood up and there were people laughing and then I said ‘Get my son out of there now'”, adding, “I was devastated. I was absolutely devastated. I was crying. My husband was in shock. For days on end I was crying.”
The toddler, who was locked in the overhead compartment in complete darkness for a reported ten seconds, is said to have been suffering from anxiety since the incident took place.
A Virgin spokesperson commented: “We have expressed our sincere apologies to the guest and have provided them with a credit for the full amount of the two return flights.”
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