Budget airline easyJet has launched an investigation after an unaccompanied child was booted off a flight from London Gatwick. Casper Read, 15, was taken from his seat on overbooked flight EZY8333 to Toulouse on Thursday morning, and left alone at the departure gate. The schoolboy, from Worthing, West Sussex, was taking only his second flight alone, to stay with his grandparents in France.
His mum helped him check in at the airport with his bags before he went through security to the gate. Casper was given a boarding pass for seat 9A but after texting his mother to tell her he was aboard, another passenger claimed his seat. With the plane overbooked, the boy was told to leave the plane. He texted his mum Stephanie Portal, who returned to the airport and found staff to help locate her son in departures. Casper’s grandparents had already embarked on the two-hour round trip to Toulouse from their home to meet him when he landed.
Eventually, Stephanie persuaded easyJet to allocate her son a seat on the final departure of the day to Toulouse. She said: “It’s crazy. They left him alone in departures. Luckily, I had still not got on board my train to London and could come back and find him. If I had not been there I don’t know what would have happened – he’d have had no money for the train back or anything.”