Airline mixes up boys, flies them to wrong cities
A woman in New York says she hasn’t stopped crying since an airline mistook her 5-year-old for another child and flew him to the wrong city.
Maribel Martinez told New York’s Daily News she was shocked when JetBlue staffers presented her with another little boy Aug. 17 at Kennedy Airport.
“No, this is not my child,” she recalled telling JetBlue employees. “I was freaking out.”
Her lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said that child was supposed to be in Boston. Instead, Martinez’s son, Andy, was sent there.
“I thought he was kidnapped,” said Martinez. “I thought I would never see him again.”
Both unaccompanied 5-year-old boys had boarded in the Dominican Republic. Martinez said her son was wearing a wristband with his name on it. But the other child was carrying Andy’s passport.
The boy who was mistakenly flown to New York was safely returned to Boston, the airline said. JetBlue is reviewing how the mix-up occurred.
“Upon learning of the error, our teams in JFK and Boston immediately took steps to assist the children in reaching their correct destinations,” the airline said in a statement. “While the children were always under the care and supervision of JetBlue crew members, we realize this situation was distressing for their families.”
Martinez flew with her son July 28 for the family vacation; she returned home to Manhattan a week later, leaving Andy with relatives. In buying his return ticket, she paid an extra $100 fee for a JetBlue representative to escort him onto the plane.
Man charged with shooting corncobs at neighbor’s home
A 50-year-old Westerly man is charged with shooting corncobs at his neighbor’s home.
The Westerly Sun reported that Jeffrey Osella was arrested Tuesday night. Police say he answered his door shirtless and had corn kernels stuck to his chest.
Police say Osella used a potato gun to shoot corncobs at his neighbor’s house, which is up for sale. The gun is made of PVC pipe and uses a light accelerant such as hair spray that can be ignited.
Police say Osella and his neighbor have long-running disputes.
Osella is charged with disorderly conduct and firing in a compact area. He’s free on bail and is to be arraigned today.