9-Year-Old Boy Sneaks Onto Plane Without Ticket At Minneapolis Airport, Flies To Las Vegas
A 9-year-old boy slipped through security at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in the US and flew on a Delta Air Lines plane to Las Vegas without a boarding pass, authorities said on Sunday.
It was not immediately clear why the child sneaked onto a Delta Air Lines flight on Thursday, raising questions about airport and airline security.
“The story has a good ending because at least the flight crew took the appropriate actions and the child was returned safely,” said Pat Hogan, a Minneapolis airport spokesman. “Obviously the concern is how the child was able to go through the security screening process and board an airplane in the first place.”
The boy was screened at one of the airport’s checkpoints shortly after 10.30am local time on Thursday and got on the Delta Air Lines flight to Las Vegas 11.15am.
Crew members became suspicious of him during the flight and contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Hogan said. Officers took him into custody when the plane landed.
Neither the Transportation Security Administration nor Delta would comment beyond saying that the matter was under investigation. Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott would not say why the crew became uneasy about the boy.