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)