9-year-old stranded for several hours at O'Hare

July 26, 2010 8:36:29 PM PDT
A 9-year-old Canadian boy traveling by himself was stranded at O'Hare Airport for eight hours after an airline employee forgot to escort him to his connecting flight.

Julien Ried was trying to get home to Ottawa, Canada on a United Airlines flight after arriving from San Francisco on Saturday. His mother says he was left watching TV in a room for unaccompanied minors but no United worker came to help him to his departure gate.

A United Airlines spokesperson tells an Ottawa newspaper they put Julian on the next available flight and waived all child-care fees. They also provided his family with what they are calling "a goodwill gesture."