Kids Fly Southwest Without Telling Parents
The problem is they didn't bother telling their parents.
The 15-year-old girl, her 11-year-old brother and the 13-year-old boy next door had $700 the girl had saved up.
ABC's Good Morning America says the trio set their sights on Dollywood, not realizing the attraction is 200 miles from Nashville.
The three kids traveled by taxi to the Jacksonville International Airport, purchased three tickets at the Southwest counter and took off. The kids say Southwest ticket agents did not ask for their IDs.
They were also not required to show IDs at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint because they are under age 18.
The three realized how far away Dollywood was when they got to Nashville. Stranded, they called their parents and immediately flew back home.
Southwest says neither the kids nor the carrier broke any rules.
The carrier's unaccompanied minors policy "covers children from ages five through 11 traveling alone," Southwest says in a statement.
"In this case, the 11-year-old Customer was accompanied by two older companions. A 12-year-old passenger can travel alone without a parent. Many airlines have similar policies on minors traveling alone," the statement continues.
Southwest tells WJXT in Jacksonville it plans to refund the kids' tickets.
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