Hi Readers! This is just one strange story. A 15 year old Florida girl, Bridget Brown, saved up $700 in babysitting money and used it to take her friend, 13, and younger brother, 11, on a plane ride from Jacksonville to Nashville.
The trio cabbed it to the airport, boarded the flight without any problems (Southwest allows kids age 12 and up to travel without adult supervision), and got to their destination. They called their parents from there and immediately flew home. Bridget is quoted as saying the impetus for this trip was simply this: she just wanted to fly somewhere — and had the money.
So what makes this disturbing? That the kids didn’t tell their parents. (Yes, even Free-Range me thinks kids should let their parents know when they’re flying off to another state.) Also that Southwest didn’t ask any of them for IDs, at least according to this MSNBC account. That’s weird.
What makes it cool? The kids’ spirit of adventure. Their competence in the adult world. The fact they got their money refunded in the end.
Which just may mean a sequel. — Lenore