Air Kiribati Investigated Over Child Safety Concerns

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Man reportedly told to seat with son to make room for others

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 5, 2013) – Kiribati authorities are investigating an incident involving an adult passenger on an Air Kiribati plane who says he was forced to share his seat with his five- year-old son.

The Kiribati Independent reports the father was told by an agent on Abaiang to hold his child so others could fit in the aircraft.

The parent complained that he had to hold his child tight because he had no seatbelt.

But he says there were other parents on the same flight holding their children.

Air Kiribati officials say they are unaware of the incident and will investigate.

They say a five-year-old must have his or her own seat.

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