Saturday, June 2, 2018

ID problem averted by Southern Airways Express staff: Boone County Airport (KHRO), Harrison, Arkansas

Buster Austin (center) who is 105 years old and the oldest passenger to ever board a flight out of Boone County Regional Airport, prepares for a Friday morning flight with (from left) Southern Airways Express 1st officer Steve Miller, Linda Klutts, Gayle Austin and Captain Conrad Johnson.

What could have been a major problem for a centenarian airplane passenger was averted Friday morning thanks to Southern Airways Express personnel.

Buster Austin, who is 105 years old, his wife, 91-year-old Gayle, and other family members were scheduled to fly out of the Boone County Regional Airport on a flight to Dallas departing at 7:15 a.m.

However, as they were checking in for the flight, it was discovered Buster didn’t have his driver’s license or a photo ID with him.

He was told that the flight to Dallas on Southern wouldn’t be a problem, but he would have to go through Transportation Security Administration when making the connecting flight for their ultimate destination of Yakima, Washington, where they were going to celebrate his brother’s 50th wedding anniversary.

“I never thought about it,” Buster told airline officials.

However, some companions with Buster took him to the Revenue Office on Goblin Drive, which opens at 7 a.m., to get a photo ID.

Airport manager Judy McCutcheon said airline staff delayed the departure time until Buster was back at the airport, new photo ID in hand.

McCutcheon said Buster was the oldest passenger ever to fly out of the Boone County Airport.

While they were checking in for the flight, a clerk said the computer system thought Buster, who was born in October 1912, was born in 2012 because the system only recognized birth dates as far back as 1918. That was also remedied.

Original article can be found here ➤

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