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Three Kids Fly Unaccompanied To Nashville With Babysitting Money, Airline Doesn't Ask Questions (VIDEO, POLL)


First Posted: 08/13/10 10:09 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 06:20 PM ET

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Three children and an airline are in hot water after Bridget Brown, a 15-year-old from Florida, decided she wanted to use her babysitting money to visit Dollywood. She invited a 13-year-old friend Bobby Nolan III and her 11-year-old brother to come along.

So on Tuesday, the adventurous trio took a cab to the Jacksonville airport with their own money, and spent $700 on Southwest Airlines tickets to Nashville. Southwest Airlines never asked any questions. They went through security and boarded the plane.

When they arrived in Nashville, the children realized they were in the wrong city. Dollywood, the amusement park owned by Dolly Parton, is in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and the closest airport is in Knoxville. So they called their parents, and the frightened kids came home.

The Transportation Security Administration issued a statement saying "Kids under 18 don't need to show an ID." Southwest Airlines said, "Two of the passengers were over the age of 12, and therefore could travel without a parent" and the 11-year-old was off-the-hook because "he was accompanied by two older companions."

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