Boy Goes Through Security, Boards Plane Without Ticket
(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A 9-year-old boy boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket or a parent last week.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesperson Pat Hogan said the boy arrived at the airport alone on the light rail.
According to security footage, the boy then made it past security screenings without a ticket.
"It looks like he might have tried to get through the security line with another family, so there might have been some confusion that he belonged to another family," Hogan said.
The 9-year-old then boarded a Delta plane to Las Vegas.
"At the gate, he paused, he talked to the person who was taking the boarding passes and when that person was busy, he just walked on board the jetway and onto the aircraft," Hogan said.
As the flight was on its way to Nevada, a flight attendant on the plane realized the boy was alone and called child services.
"When the flight was in route, the flight attendant became concerned because he didn't appear to be with any of the adults on the plane and he wasn't part of the unattended minor program for the airline, so when they landed, they contacted the police in Las Vegas who took the child into protective custody,” Hogan said.
Hogan said the Transportation Security Administration, the airport, and the airlines are working to determine how the boy made it onto the airplane.
"He was screened, so there wasn't that security concern, but obviously people who don't have a boarding pass, don't have a ticket shouldn't be able to get on board an aircraft," Hogan said.
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