After mistakenly sending an 11-year-old girl from Los Angeles to Florida instead of to Detroit, America West Airlines has decided that it will no longer let children fly alone on flights that make en route stops.
The Phoenix-based carrier said Thursday that starting Sept. 10, children between 5 and 11 who are flying without adult accompaniment will be booked only on nonstop flights. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Patty Nowack, a spokeswoman for the airline, said America West lacks the resources to supervise young children traveling alone.
On July 14, 11-year-old Aunnalise Woods' mother drove her from their home in Palms to Los Angeles International Airport and put the girl on an America West flight to Phoenix.
When she arrived in Phoenix, the girl was supposed to transfer to a flight to Detroit, where her father was waiting for her. Instead, Aunnalise ended up on a flight to Orlando.