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JetBlue launches bid to dismiss lawsuit by mother whose five-year-old son was put on the wrong flight

JetBlue is attempting to fight off a lawsuit from the mother who went to pick up her five-year-old boy at John F. Kennedy Airport only to discover the airline had swapped him with someone else’s child.

Maribel Martinez, 38, filed suit against the airline in September saying she suffered ‘great emotional distress, extreme fear, horror, mental shock, mental anguish and psychological trauma.’

She told New York Daily News she is in psychiatric therapy and had to be prescribed medications for insomnia and headaches after the ordeal.

Lawyers will meet in Brooklyn Federal Court this afternoon regarding a motion to dismiss the lawsuit

It is likely the allegations of distress will not be enough to warrant punitive damages.

Mrs Martinez believed her son, Andy, was kidnapped in the stressful three hours it took the airline to locate him at Boston’s Logan Airport on August 17.

The boys were switched even though Mrs Martinez had paid an extra $100 fee for a JetBlue representative to escort Andy onto the plane.

When Andy was led off the plane in Boston, he was directed to a woman he had never seen in his life.

JetBlue refunded the $475 flight and gave the family a $2,100 credit. However, Mrs Martinez said she would not fly on the airline again.

A spokesperson for JetBlue told MailOnline in an email: ‘We do not comment on pending litigation.’


Dec 7, 2016

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