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

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.

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