A family said their holiday was "wrecked" after easyJet mistakenly recorded them as being denied boarding and took their luggage off the flight.

Leigh Husband and his wife Irene Garcia Santos travelled from Bristol to Lisbon with their toddler Antonio to attend a family wedding.

They checked in at the easyJet desk at Bristol Airport on Friday and handed over their baggage and car seat at the check-in desk.

The family were planning to drive from Lisbon across the border to western Spain to stay with Irene's family for the ceremony on Saturday.

Leigh and Irene had filled in their Passenger Locator Forms but did not think they needed one for two-year-old Antonio.

However, at the check-in, they were given a form to fill in for the toddler and then went through security as normal, Bristol Live reports.

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The family travelled for a family wedding, but all their belongings were removed from the plane (


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Leigh said: "We were pushing Antonio in his pushchair and when we got to the bottom of the steps to the plane, I carried him up the steps, and a guy with the ground crew took the pushchair and put it with the rest of the luggage to go on the plane."

The family from Long Ashton, near Bristol, settled down for a routine flight, landed in Lisbon and thought nothing untoward had happened until they waited an hour in vain for their luggage to arrive at Lisbon Airport.

When they contacted easyJet, they were left fuming as they were told the airline had taken their luggage, car seat and pushchair off the plane.

Leigh and Irene were stunned when easyJet said it was because their systems had flagged that the three passengers had been "denied boarding" at the exact moment they were settling down on board the plane.

The dad-of-one said: "I phoned up easyJet and said 'we're in Lisbon, can you send on our baggage?' and they said 'no you weren't on the plane, you were denied boarding, your boarding passes weren't scanned, so we took your stuff off the plane'.

EasyJet said the family never boarded the plane - but they did (


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"We had no idea. Looking back, they were more concerned with making sure everyone had their Passenger Locator Forms than they were actually checking us in and scanning our boarding passes, and they said we never boarded, but we did, we flew on the plane and we’re here in Spain.

"I've had an email from easyJet saying 'sorry you didn't get your flight', and then another email asking if we’ll be getting the return flight. It's really concerning."

Leigh said he is worried about safety on planes as well because nobody checked if their seats were actually empty.

He explained: "There are Civil Aviation Authority rules about knowing exactly who is on every flight. If that plane had to make a forced landing or we all had to be evacuated or something, they wouldn’t have looked for us, they thought we weren’t on board.

The family checked in at Bristol Airport

"The captain of that plane should not have taken off because they had a list of people they thought were on the plane and we were on the plane but not on their list.

"Why, when they got the order to take our stuff off the plane because they thought we weren't on it, didn't they check our seats? They would have found us sitting in them."

Due to the incident, Leigh, Irene and little Antonio were left without their belongings, so they were forced to buy a car seat and a pushchair in Portugal.

Leigh said: "My wife is seven months pregnant at the moment. All our stuff for the wedding, suits, dresses, presents and so on, was in our luggage so we didn’t have that for the wedding on Saturday and we have the clothes we came in.

"I’ve lost luggage before - once I flew back from New York and the airline managed to get it to me in Bristol the next day. This is different. easyJet have refused to send it to us because they said we are not out here, when we did fly on their plane. In Spain we’ve got nothing, and over the weekend they were not even saying when or even if they will send over our luggage.

"I've been on the phone to easyJet a lot, obviously, and one woman was questioning that we were really in Spain. She said their records showed that we had been denied boarding, and hadn't flown, but we did - we were on that flight. That's really worrying, that that could happen.

"It's been four days now and they called again on Monday to ask what the address is we're staying at. So hopefully it will all be sent over, but we have plans to go to another address this week, and what do we do? Everything is wrecked, the wedding and our trip so far."

Bristol Live has understood an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The Mirror has contacted easyJet for comment.

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