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Mom says 12-year-old daughter went missing while traveling as unaccompanied minor on American Airlines flight

MIAMI — A Georgia mom is expressing her frustration after her 12-year-old child was kicked off a flight while traveling alone as an unaccompanied minor.

Monica Gilliam’s daughter, Kimber, flew on an American Airlines flight from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Miami, Florida last Saturday to visit her father. She said the airline allowed Kimber to exit the plane on her own.

“The manager of American Airlines called and said, ‘Your kid is missing,'” Gilliam said. “I had said, ‘How did you lose my child?’ How do you lose an unaccompanied minor?”

Gilliam said her daughter “felt like she had to get up” when passengers started disembarking from the plane, telling her mom that a flight attendant even waved her goodbye.

The US has no federal regulations regarding the supervision of unaccompanied minors, but according to AA policy“staff will board the child early” and “walk the child off the plane to meet their guardian at the gate.”

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Kimber’s father used FaceTime to help the 12-year-old navigate the airport to meet her at baggage claim, Gilliam said.

“She was nervous and scared,” Gilliam said. “But she did exactly what her dad told her to do to get her to safety.”

In a statement to ABC News, American Airlines said it “cares deeply” about its young passengers and is “committed to providing a safe and enjoyable travel experience for them.” The airline added that it was taking the incident “very seriously” and was “looking into what happened”.

Parents should make sure kids are prepared before traveling alone, said Emily Kaufman, travel expert and founder of The travel mom.

“Let them know the plan on the plane, get off the plane, and when they need something, they can ask the flight attendants,” Kaufman said.

He also advised parents to give their children lists of important contacts to keep in their pockets and carry-on luggage. They can also consider using trackers, such as Apple’s Find My, and should monitor their children’s flights in case of early or late arrivals.

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