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Boy, 9, boards plane to Las Vegas without a ticket

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:41 a.m. HST, Oct 07, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS >> A 9-year-old runaway went through security, boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday.

Security officials screened the Minneapolis boy at the airport shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday after he arrived via light rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded a Delta flight that left for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m.

The flight was not full, Hogan said, and the flight crew became suspicious midflight because the boy was not on their list of unattended minors. The crew contacted Las Vegas police, who met them upon landing and transferred the boy to child protection services, Hogan said.

"It's hard to piece anything together from his stories why he got on the flight and went to Las Vegas," Hogan said.

Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said officers talked to the family after Las Vegas police contacted them. A family member told police the boy ran away and was last seen earlier Thursday.

The boy had been at the airport on Wednesday as well, Hogan said. Video shows him grabbing a bag from the carousel and ordering lunch at a restaurant outside of the security checkpoints.

He ate and then told the server he had to use the bathroom. He left the bag and never returned to pay, Hogan said. Airport officials returned the bag to its owner.

Delta and the Transportation Security Administration said in separate statements that they were investigating.

Hennepin County Child Protection Services also was looking into it, Palmer said. County spokeswoman Carolyn Marinan said Sunday she couldn't confirm or deny the agency's involvement because the case involves a juvenile and data privacy issues.

The boy was expected to return to the Twin Cities, but Hogan didn't know Sunday if that had happened yet.

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iwanaknow wrote:
Hey, everybody wants to go to Vegas, baby.
on October 6,2013 | 12:49PM
BigBird001 wrote:
Wonder if TSA ignored him, maybe because he didn't have anything worth stealing.
on October 6,2013 | 12:58PM
bumbye wrote:
That boy sure has some street smarts!
on October 6,2013 | 01:29PM
mikethenovice wrote:
I wish the Republicans had a 0.005% street smart. I don't ask fort much.
on October 6,2013 | 06:07PM
cojef wrote:
Street wise kid that knew his way around the airport.
on October 6,2013 | 01:56PM
nitpikker wrote:
man! he acts like a seasoned criminal already! taking a bag and using it as cover to skip out on his bill!!
on October 6,2013 | 02:00PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Watching too much Hawaii Five-O lol.
on October 6,2013 | 02:04PM
mikethenovice wrote:
He is practicing.
on October 6,2013 | 06:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
One missing child case that ended well.
on October 6,2013 | 02:02PM
mikethenovice wrote:
No life insurance claim this time.
on October 6,2013 | 06:09PM
SteveToo wrote:
Kid needs "dirty lickins" and so do the TSA people who let him thru w/o a ticket and picture ID. Then same for the person at the gate who let him get on w/o a ticket. LOL
on October 6,2013 | 04:24PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Maybe he looks like a boy, but really is an adult.
on October 6,2013 | 06:06PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Just look dumb near the gate and make a quick B-Line into the plane. Nobody can watch hundreds of people at once. Plus the passengers are busy with their smartphone.
on October 6,2013 | 06:11PM
yhls wrote:
What a deceitful little boy.
on October 7,2013 | 06:15AM
DABLACK wrote:
Shame !!
on October 7,2013 | 06:19AM
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