Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.


The lovely thing about all the airline stories that have emerged of late is that they all seem to bring at least a little unique flavor.

Today's glorious tale, then, is of Casper Read.

He was flying to Toulouse, France from London -- the English one -- in order to visit his grandparents.

As the Guardian reports, he got on his EasyJet flight and had a nice view out of the window in seat 9A.


Oh, you know what's coming, don't you?

Read was told to get off the plane in favor of another passenger. The plane was allegedly overbooked and, presumably, the other passenger was somehow more important. Or something.

This was a little more unfortunate than usual, as he's only 15 -- an age that that some people refer to as childhood and others refer to merely with emojis of horror.

Oddly, Read was left alone at the gate.

He had to text his mom, Stephanie Portal, who had dropped him off and was on her way back home.

She came back to Gatwick airport and says she asked staff to help her find her son, who had only flown alone once before.

"Luckily, I had still not got on board my train to London and could come back and find him. If I had not been there I don't know what would have happened -- he'd have had no money for the train back or anything," Portal told the Guardian.

I contacted EasyJet to ask why it had bumped a 15-year-old.

"EasyJet is sorry that Casper Read's flight from London Gatwick to Toulouse was overbooked yesterday. We are investigating why he was able to board the aircraft as he should have been informed at the gate," a spokeswoman for the budget airline told me.

Well, he was able to board the aircraft, I'm guessing, because he was given a boarding pass. But that's one thing. The unaccompanied minor thing seems quite major too.

"EasyJet has a procedure to protect unaccompanied minors, but unfortunately this was not followed on this occasion and so this will also be investigated," the airline admitted.

Read was put on the last flight out and got to his destination after midnight. Which must have pleased his grandparents.

Again, though, we seem to have a case of the simple and obvious not occurring. Or, at least, not occurring to airline staff.

We'll never know, however, what tomorrow will bring. A plane that takes off without any of its passengers, perhaps?