Every day, I see the world as a passing parade of backpackers, families, groups, pets, singles and little globetrotters – young kids travelling alone, who we refer to as “unaccompanied minors”.
A very sweet and well-mannered young lad recently showed up at my desk. He confidently handed me a sheet of A4 paper and informed me that this document gave him permission to travel to the US together with his Polish grandparents. After handing over the three passports, he asked if he himself would be allowed to place their baggage on the belt.
I really love these little global citizens, who take a very matter-of-fact approach to world travel, despite their tender age. Their attitude already hints at the (successful) adults they are to become. When I asked the young gentleman if he had any other wishes, he replied: “Yes, a window seat please.” He then heaved his little trolley onto the belt. It was decorated with images from the film “Cars”, which is a must-see for 4-12-year-olds. He waited patiently for his boarding pass and claim tag. “Thank you, ma’am,” he said and gave me a sunny smile that warmed my heart and gave me a glimpse of two missing teeth. He glanced proudly at his grandma, who gave him a wink, and then he slowly disappeared from view together with his grandparents. This is what it’s all about, for me. I love moments like this. And I experience a lot of them, thanks to my job.
With LAV, Morena
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