A family returning from a holiday has left their five-year-old daughter at the airport on their return.
In scenes reminiscent of the Home Alone movie franchise, the young girl was left stranded at Stuttgart Airport, one of Germany’s busiest airports, located in the nation’s southwest on Monday.
According to Stuttgart police, several people witnessed the five-year-old girl walking aimlessly around all by herself in the airport’s arrival hall.
Despite multiple announcements via the airport’s intercom system, no parents arrived at the information desk to pick up their lost daughter.
After officers brought the unfortunate child to the police station, they received a phone call from her worried mother.
She explained that the family had come back from their holiday abroad and resumed their journey home in two different cars.
According to the police, both parents assumed that the other had taken the daughter in the other car.
“The five-year-old was eventually safely picked up by her father,” a police spokesperson said.
The unusual situation reminded many online of the Christmas classic Home Alone, in which Macaulay Culkin plays the role of lost child Kevin McCallister.
In the first Home Alone film, Kevin’s parents fly to Paris without realising their son is still at home in Chicago, while in Home Alone 2 Kevin accidentally boards the wrong flight and ends up in New York all alone when his family members lose sight of who is actually accompanying him.
“‘Honey, are the children with you?’ A simple and self-explanatory sentence!” one comment on social media read.
“This can happen to any mother who knows how lively children can be. People who have no children should not have a say here. No mother does this deliberately,” another said in defence of the parents.
Thankfully the child wasn’t as adventurous as a seven-year-old girl who last year boarded a flight in Geneva despite not having a ticket.