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Family: US soldier spends thousands more after flight mishap

December 24, 2018

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan family of a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany says he spent thousands of dollars more than expected to travel home for the holidays after his United Airlines round-trip flight was cancelled.

A United Airlines spokesman says the airline’s partner, Lufthansa, canceled the flight and that passengers were notified in advance. He says United will arrange 21-year-old Pfc. Benjamin Jimenez’s transport back to Germany.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Jimenez says he didn’t find out until Saturday, when he arrived at Frankfurt airport, that his $1,100 round-trip ticket to Detroit had been cancelled.

Jimenez’s aunt, Sarah Mundt, says her nephew had to buy a $2,500 one-way ticket to fly to the U.S. She says United said the cheapest return flight before his leave expires would cost $3,000.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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