Flight Attendant Accused Of Mocking A 5-Year-Old’s Name
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Five-year-old Abcde Redford and her mother Traci.
A woman says a Southwest Airlines agent in Southern California mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s name when they were preparing to board a flight home to Texas.
KABC-TV reported late Wednesday that Traci Redford accused a gate agent at Orange County’s John Wayne Airport of laughing at her daughter Abcde’s name and posting a photo of her boarding pass on social media.
Yes, the girl’s name is spelled with the first five letters of the alphabet and is pronounced “AHB-sih-dee.”
Redford says the family was pre-boarding because her daughter has epilepsy.
She says she asked the agent to stop and that someone saw the social media post and notified Southwest.
Southwest issued a statement apologizing to the family and the airline says it has followed up with the employee.
Clearly, no child should be shamed for a name they had no control over choosing.
That said, Twitter users did take some witty pokes at the parent(s) who may have given their child a head-start at learning the alphabet – but also a lifetime of embarrassment.
One user wrote: “Her second child, Elemenopy, was not onboard the flight.”
Another said: “My son Xbox would comment but he's too busy playing....Xbox.”
One more amusing element to this story: Associated Press initially spelled the 5-year-old’s name wrong and had to issue this correction:
“This version corrects that the girl’s name is Abcde, not Abdce.”
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.
Hanna Uehre- November 30, 2018 @ 10:35
Who on earth would name their child Abcde ????? And they think this would not cause laughing or comments? Geesh.