9-Year-Old Boy Sneaks Onto Flight + Lands In Las Vegas
Apparently, this kid really wanted to check out the slot machines in Vegas.
A 9-year-old boy managed to pass through all security at a Minnesota airport and hop on a flight to Las Vegas without a boarding pass.
This story raises to many eyebrows. The boy arrived alone at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday morning, was screened by TSA officials and then headed onto a 11:15 a.m. flight on Delta to Vegas.
The flight crew became suspicious of the boy’s travel circumstances and called the Las Vegas Police, who took the boy into custody when the plane landed, said airport spokesman Patrick Hogan. He was then transferred into the care of child protective services. Hogan said:
The fact that the child's actions weren't detected until he was in flight is concerning. More than 33 million people travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport every year, and I don't know of another instance in my 13 years at the airport in which anything similar has happened. Fortunately, the flight crew took appropriate actions to ensure the child's safety, so the story does have a good ending He was able to get onto an airline where he didn't have a ticket and made it five states across the U.S. If it hadn't been for alert airline employees on our end, he probably never would have been discovered.
MSP officials say they've reviewed security footage and at this point do not believe the kid was carrying a boarding pass. Airport officials say he took someone's luggage off a carousel, ordered food at a pre-security restaurant and asked a server to watch his luggage while he went to the restroom, but never returned.
Delta Airlines and the child's mother are working on getting the boy home. Police think that the boy was a runaway.