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Disabled man allowed to board flight with insufficient ID

May 11, 2010, Blackfalds, Alta. - An Alberta couple who say their mentally disabled son was allowed to buy a ticket and board a flight with only his Costco and Visa cards as ID wants answers from Air Canada.


May 11, 2010
By The Canadian Press

Doug Tiedeman is 21 years old, but has cerebral palsy and functions at the mental age of a 12-year-old.

Two weeks ago, he met a woman in London, Ont., on Facebook and decided to hop a plane in Calgary to meet her.

The family spent a frantic 24 hours trying to track Tiedeman down and eventually found him in London with the help of police.

Ironically, Tiedeman had trouble getting a ticket home because he didn't have the proper ID.

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Air Canada says it is investigating what happened.