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Airline snafu nearly causes young cancer survivor to miss out on a dream

Airline snafu nearly causes young cancer survivor to miss out on a dream

CREATED Jul 15, 2012

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Landon Cody is a tough kid. At seven years old, he has beaten Leukemia and just wants to go to Camp Mak-a-Dream. He is scheduled to leave on Monday.

"They get to go and be a kid and not to have to worry about their next doctors appointment" said Erika Cody, Landon's mom. She explains that the trip was booked six weeks ago with Delta Airlines. Landon's bags were packed but then -- a problem. Delta Airlines called just this past Thursday to say that Landon could not fly alone at age seven because of airline policies.

"When I found out with one day of notice, I was like 'what am I goig to do?'" said Erika. Together,  Erika and the camp's Medical Director, Stu Kaplan, scramble for solutions. They say that Delta would not help, so they had no choice but to pay $2,500 to get Landon to camp instead of $100. Erika feels that the airline should've caught the mistake early, instead of waiting until the last minute.

On Monday, the camp's medical director was scheduled to fly from New York to Phoenix to accompany Landon on the flight. Late Sunday, bad weather on the east coast caused the medical director to miss his connecting flight, causing Landon's flight to be rebooked.

9 On Your Side contacted Delta Airlines for comment, but have not heard back.