Canada P.E.I. family's 10-year-old son bumped from overbooked Air Canada flight

13:16  16 april  2017
13:16  16 april  2017 Source:   cbc.ca

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A Stratford, P . E . I ., family is speaking out after their 10 - year - old - son was bumped from an Air Canada flight during their March Break vacation to Costa Rica. Shanna Doyle went to the Charlottetown Airport for some answers, only to be told the flight was overbooked . She then asked an Air Canada

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A Stratford, P.E.I., family is speaking out after their 10-year-old-son was bumped from an Air Canada flight during their March Break vacation to Costa Rica.

Shanna and Brett Doyle booked the trip back in August, but when they tried to pick their seats the day before they left for their flight from Charlottetown to Montreal, they couldn't get a seat for Cole.

Shanna Doyle went to the Charlottetown Airport for some answers, only to be told the flight was overbooked.

She then asked an Air Canada agent if she or another adult they were travelling with could give up their seat for Cole.

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The family then booked a flight for Cole and Brett from Moncton Airport the same day. When that flight was cancelled, they had to drive to Halifax to stay in a hotel overnight and catch a connecting flight . P . E . I . family ' s 10 - year - old son bumped from overbooked Air Canada flight https

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"I was told that while yes we could give up our seat, there would be no guarantee that the seat would go to my son," she said.

The agent told her that it was possible the seat would be given to a more frequent flyer.

More problems

Doyle says the family opted to book a flight for Cole and his father out of Moncton later that day, but when they arrived in Moncton, that flight was cancelled.

The pair ended up being rerouted to Halifax to catch another connecting flight.

Doyle estimates the family spent at least an extra $1,000 to get their son to Costa Rica.

'What ... are we paying for?'

Doyle says Air Canada has offered them an e-voucher that can be used for future travel and told them they can submit their expenses for compensation.

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EDIT: I wasted my 2500th post on this? whatever, Air Canada . But if the flight they were at risk of being bumped from , was not an AC flight . then how on earth is that AC' s fault?

They were overbooked by one for the second last flight to Halifax, and asked me a check-in if I would volunteer to be bumped so that a family could fly and make I wonder how those on here who suggest a 10 year - old being bumped was somehow his family ' s fault respond to this?

But, Doyle says she would have preferred not to have endured the stress in the first place.

"We're spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for airline tickets, and we're not guaranteed a seat. So my question is what in reality are we paying for?" said Doyle.

The situation was also stressful for Cole Doyle, who didn't know if he would be able to join his family in Costa Rica.

"I'm like crying in the back seat, and I don't have a plane. Like how do I get to where I'm going? I don't know if I'm even going to make it with my family," he said.

In an e-mail to CBC News, Air Canada said it has apologized to the family and is working with them to provide compensation.

Air Canada responds

The practice of airlines overbooking flights has generated a lot of attention in the last week after a passenger was dragged off a full United Express flight by airport police in Chicago last Sunday.

In its statement to CBC News, Air Canada says it appreciates "customers are inconvenienced when they are affected by an oversold flight and thus we take a very conservative approach to avoid this situation arising, and when it does, we pay significant compensation."

The company says most major airlines oversell because it helps keep costs down for customers.

"Overselling also makes it possible for us to sell flexible tickets, including fully refundable tickets, which many customers desire," Air Canada said in the email. 

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