Shirley Yamauchi, a Hawaii teacher, was traveling to a conference in Boston with her 2-year-old son. Her airline, United, requires that children over the age of 2 are required to have their own seat, so Yamauchi bought a $1000 ticket for her son three months ago. On the day of her flight, however, even after an airline attendant checked to make sure the son was present (he was), Yamauchi's son's seat was given away to a man in the standby line. Yamauchi and her son shared a seat for the entire 3.5 hour flight, while a man who paid $75 for his ticket sat next to them in the son's chair.
The Kapolei Middle School teacher says they were sitting on the plane in Houston when a flight attendant came to check if Taizo was present. Even after Yamauchi confirmed her son was here, another man appeared to take his seat:
I told him that I bought both of these tickets and he tells me that he got the ticket on standby. Then he proceeds to sit in the center.