A left-behind father is suing EgyptAir alleging the airline failed to prevent his children’s international parental kidnapping, and positing that airlines should institutionalize safeguards against child abduction. Once a child boards a plane to a country that is not party to – or is non-compliant with – the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention and does not extradite parental kidnappers, it can be virtually impossible to recover and restore the child to his or her lawful custodial parent’s care. The father’s attorney told ABC News, “Airlines have every right to require the parents to show dual parental consent forms to prove that the adult has the right to take that child overseas.” EgyptAir’s motion to dismiss the case argues that airlines are only required to review passports, and that “airlines simply do not have the manpower required to track down and contact non-traveling parents to discuss their children’s travel.”
READ MORE: American Father Fights to Bring Children Home From Egypt, ABC News (January 3, 2012).
What do you think? With international parental kidnapping on the rise, how far should airlines be required to go to prevent child abduction?