Forgot your wife’s birthday? Well, don’t lose sleep over it, You could have done worse.
A couple, in their rush to catch a flight, forgot their five-year-old sleeping son in a taxi at the Dubai airport.
The incident has an uncanny resemblance to the hit Hollywood movie series ‘Home Alone’ where the minor hero is left behind alone by parents under different circumstances and is forced to fend off “villains” with home-made, improvised devices.
But there was no scope for heroics for the five-year-old as he slept throughout the two-hour-long drama.
The boy was finally reunited with his family last week after two tense hours, following coordination between Dubai police and the taxi driver.
The family reached terminal 2 of Dubai international airport in a taxi and were in a hurry to catch a flight, major-general Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, director-general, department of criminal investigation was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times.
While they were busy taking the bags from the taxi’s boot and moving into the departure hall with the trolley to finalise their travel procedures, they forgot that their son was left behind in the car, he said.
The couple, whose nationality was not made known, realised their child was missing only at the boarding pass counter and approached the airport security police in panic.
The officers identified the taxi through CCTV footage, following which the taxi was tracked down.
Incidentally, the cab driver did not notice the child in the back seat when he dropped the family at the airport and left. He returned to the airport in two hours with the boy, who was still sleeping, the report said.