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Random naggery

Posted by Robin Abrahams  July 7, 2008 07:57 AM

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A letter from a reader--


In the past two months I have seen children almost get hurt at airport baggage carousels because their parents were not smart enough to see that this is a dangerous place for children to be. The first was in LAX where a child of no more then 18 months was allowed to stand and hold on to the side of the carousel to watch the luggage as the luggage came around. The mother was standing about six feet behind the child talking on her cell phone. As the luggage came around it was sliding down towards the child's fingers when someone made the mother aware of what was happening. Unfortunately the mother did not remove the child quickly enough and someone else retrieving their luggage, and I am sure not expecting to see such a little child at the carousel unattended, hit the child in the head with the luggage they were removing. The child started crying and the mother started yelling at the person that had hit the child as if it were their fault. The child was not seriously hurt, but could have been.

The second incident happened this week in Providence where a father allowed his little girl, not more than four, to try to retrieve her car seat from the carousel. Another woman and I had to help in this situation since the child was obviously too short and not strong enough to remove the car seat. Also since the child was standing at the carousel the people around her could not retrieve their luggage without possibly hitting her.

Yes, indeedy. This came in on Wednesday, the day I flew into Utah, and sure enough I'd seen a bunch of little kids clustered all around the baggage carousel at the Salt Lake City airport, playing on it. This isn't safe, folks.

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