14-year-old traveling alone put on wrong international flight

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It was a traveling nightmare for one teen who was put on the wrong international flight at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Anton Berg, 14, lives in North Carolina. His parents sent him on a United Airlines flight to go visit his grandparents in Sweden. Since Berg was traveling alone, he was required to fly as an “unaccompanied minor.”

Berg was supposed to fly from Raleigh to Newark and then from Newark to Stockholm. Instead, a United agent put Berg on a plane heading to Dusseldorf, Germany.

Luckily, Berg texted his parents while he was still on the runway and said that a lot of people on the flight were speaking German. He was able to get off the plane before it took off.

"They track bags but they should also, of course, track the kids and have safe and sound handover procedures when they go from one flight to the other,” says Berg’s father Christer Berg. “We want these processes to be tightened up for the benefits of all kids and all families."

Dusseldorf is about 1,000 miles away from Stockholm.

United Airlines did not respond to a request for comment.

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