Last Thursday, Shirley Yamauchi, a mother from Hawaii, was flying on a United Airlines flight from Houston to Boston with her toddler.

She'd paid for both seats in advance, and since her child is over two-years-old, he had to have his own ticket.  But apparently a flight attendant misunderstood that he had his own seat, and they didn't scan his ticket correctly.  United ended up releasing the toddler's seat to a passenger on standby, meaning that the 25-pound toddler had to sit on his mother lap for the entire flight!


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