3 and a half months old and born prematurely in health, Leon was unable to take his flight to Paris because his parents had not yet completed his identity papers, which are compulsory for the trip. He had to do 10 hours in an ambulance to reach Paris.
Little Leon’s parents are angry. Expected in Paris for an eye operation, the three and a half month old baby born very premature in Nice, was refused access to his medical flight by Air France, in the absence of his identity papers.
As a result, the child traveled the 900 kilometers in an ambulance, or 10 hours on the road, enough to annoy his parents from the Paris region, Vanina and Nicolas.
“Very sincerely, during a course of prematurity (…) including a month with a vital prognosis engaged, we did not have the head to make identity papers, and even less to bring in a private photographer for the photographer in incubator under pipes, explains Vanina. We had not been able to recover our family record book, so we only had a birth certificate to make our son travel. “
A child exhausted by the journey
If both parents point to too strict regulations on the side of Air France, the company is well within its rights. It requires the provision of identity papers for children over three months. Air France also declares in Le Parisien have “particular vigilance when a child travels alone”. Victim of this situation, the infant had to travel from Nice to Paris by ambulance, a 10-hour drive compared to a 1h15 flight.
A journey that exhausted him, according to his father Nicolas: “Transport having tired him a little, he had to take a little oxygen back into his nose to be able to breathe normally without having to make too much effort” . The baby will be well operated next Tuesday in Paris, but the parents hope that their mishap will serve as a warning to the company to prevent this kind of situation from happening again.