9-Year-Old Boy Hops A Plane To Vegas Without A Ticket And Grownups Are Scarily Stumped

delta planeHere’s a riddle for you. An unaccompanied 9-year-old runaway reportedly hopped a plane to Vegas without even so much as a ticket. The little boy made it all the way through security and onto the flight — and the adults in charge of regulating our skies and the security that goes with them are stumped. Assuring!

CNN reports that the runaway from Twin Cities spent a good deal of time at the airport before boarding the Delta flight bound for Las Vegas (NO TICKET?!):

He passed his time by taking luggage from a carousel, bringing it to an airport eatery and then ditching it, asking a server to watch the bag “while he went to the restroom.”

The following day the child took the train to the airport, cleared security and made it to Las Vegas nearly without detection.

Keep in mind that this is an airport with “several security checks.” It was only after takeoff that the kid got busted (NO TICKET?!):

Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said the crew of Delta Flight 1651 “became suspicious of the child’s circumstances” during the flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas. Crew members got in touch with authorities in Las Vegas and turned the boy over to Child Protective Services, Hogan said in a statement.

“Fortunately, the flight crew took appropriate actions to ensure the child’s safety, so the story does have a good ending,” he said.

Delta said it takes the incident “very seriously” and is working with authorities.

The child was turned over CPS while cops try to piece together this rather alarming oversight. But seriously, NO TICKET?!

(photo: Oscar von Bonsdorff)

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  • keelhaulrose

    I read somewhere else he was unaccompanied in the airport the day before he flew, too.
    We really need to look at the parents. I get kids run away, but to a freaking airport, and two days in a row? Something smells rotten, and it’s not just the re-circulated airplane air.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      THIS. And if the kid is desperate enough to pull a stunt like this… well, hello red flags, somebody please investigate the home situation of this kid, because this is not normal behaviour.

  • Momma425

    I want to learn how to do that…airline tickets are expensive!
    How did nobody notice that? I’m guessing he stood in line close to a family and people assumed he was part of that family.

    • Rachel

      I always planned to run away when I was a kid. That was actually my entire strategy, more or less…one I always thought was too crazy to work. Good thing I didn’t know I was apparently right on the money…

  • sasareta

    Fix your title. It’s “Plane” not “plan”

    • chickadee

      I think it should also be “Reassuring!” instead of “Assuring!”

    • sasareta

      Why are you angry that I tried to help you fix your title? When you’re a writer of these article-like posts, you need to review your writing before publishing it.

    • chickadee

      It wasn’t me! I agree with you.

  • Emil

    Wow, I can’t believe a nine year old pulled this off. If he is doing this now can you imagine what he is going to be able to accomplish as an adult? I sure hope he uses his brain for good and not evil.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      That’s totally what I thought! Genius and ballsy!

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    Isn’t TSA working without pay right now? I probably wouldn’t be paying too close attention if I was working for free either….

  • KarenMS

    It seems there is a huge Mommyish reader base who come just to edit the articles.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      someone has to? sorry….couldn’t resist :)

    • Rachel

      Now, now. Misspelled words and casual grammatical errors can just ruin a whole day for the more fragile and squeamish among us. I’m sure Grammar Nazis are just like the rest of us…just with huge sticks up their asses that have the Almighty Rules of English Grammar etched onto them.

    • chickadee

      Not in my case. I like Mommyish a lot — I am looking at it from the professional-v-casual blog perspective. With the former, it’s more difficult to be taken seriously as a freelancer or as a journalist if you don’t bother to edit or proof your work before you put it out on the internet. CafeMom and The Stir are examples of the latter (the casual blogs), and I like Mommyish too much to want them to resemble those blogs.

  • Rachel

    Holy hell–whenever I fly, I have let the perv scanner electronically undress me, show my passport to 20 people, open and close my carry on a few more times, and show my ticket to the employee at the boarding gate. I’m waiting for the day when I have to do a full body cavity search to get on the flight.
    But an unattended 9 year old just skates on through? Pretty scary.

  • Megan

    There’s an update to the story on CNN. Apparently, the boy’s mother works at the airport, and they’re investigating whether or not she helped him get past security. Children’s Services has been involved with the family before. The boy also stole a car once.