Travel Influencer Takes Upgrade and Leaves Child Alone in Economy

by Anthony Losanno
United Polaris

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A travel influencer garnered almost 1,100 comments (many of them negative) when she admitted that she accepted an upgrade to United Polaris® (along with her husband) and left their ten-year-old son unaccompanied in Economy. Apparently, her 1K® status lets her shirk her parenting responsibilities and made her child the burden of other passengers seated in the other cabin.

I’m not a parent and not looking to give parenting advice, but the airlines have clear policies on unaccompanied minors. If this couple wanted to enjoy their 13-hour flight without their child then they should have left him at home or paid the fee for United to treat him as unaccompanied and babysit him for the journey.

The expectation here is that other passengers and the flight attendants should have to watch this child. Sure, he’s not an infant or toddler, but kids get bored and they do things they wouldn’t normally do when a parent is present.

Anthony’s Take: View from the Wing reported this story first and says that the influencer later said that she was lying. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but this puts a bad idea in other people’s minds and hopefully airlines realize this and crack down if this happens in the future.

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Zack May 19, 2023 - 9:55 am

Would you expect anything different from an “influencer”? All they give a f*ck about are clicks and likes.

ted May 20, 2023 - 10:46 am

I smell bullSh1te! No way the airline would allow that without letting them pay for UAM service for their 10 years old.


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