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United Airlines Accuses Mexican Passsenger of Trafficking His Own Child

Raquel Reichard - Latina
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April 20, 2017

United Airlines is yet again, back in the spotlight (Veuer)

Another day, another complaint against United Airlines. This time, it accused a passenger of attempting to traffic his own daughter.

On March 1, Osvaldo Maciel was returning from Mexico to New York with his three-year-old child, but before he could get off the flight, he and his little one were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials and Port Authority agents, who escorted them out and began to question them.

Officials wanted to know about the little girl he was traveling with and even demanded that he provide her birth certificate. Maciel had a notarized letter from his wife granting him permission to take their daughter for a weeklong trip to Mexico.

According to her, CBP was notified of Maciel after a passenger told flight personnel that they believed the man had trafficked the girl.

“I was told that the accusation did not come from CBP, who was trained to identify such situations, but from a passenger on the same flight,” she wrote. “She claimed that my daughter’s fair skin did not resemble her Mexican father’s and suspected that he had kidnapped her. The passenger had no basis for this accusation.”

The woman, Maciel said, was drunk, smelling of alcohol when she boarded the flight and knocking back four more drinks while in air.

Maciel, however, is still most upset with United Airlines for believing the accusation. After complaining about the incident, he received an apology and a $100 travel coupon.

Read the rest at Latina

Related: Mexico Chamber of Deputies Approve New Regulations That Compensate Passengers for Delays, Cancelations (Mexico News Daily)

Related: Man Denied Entry Into Mexico After Air Canada Employee Allegedly Damages Passport (CTV News)

Related: American Flight Attendant to Angry Passenger: ‘Hit Me, Bring It on.’ (Associated Press)

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