9-year-old sneaks onto Vegas-bound flight

9-year-old sneaks onto Vegas-bound flight

(KYTX) - A kid from Minneapolis managed to sneak on a plane headed to Las Vegas, but get this - apparently without a boarding pass.

 It all started when a nine-year-old boy walked off a light rail car Thursday-- and into the Minneapolis Airport, with plans to travel of course.
Now, how he used his smooth moves to get through security and onto the plane is still a mystery because this kid didn't have a ticket.

The nine year-old boy passed through the security checkpoints of TSA screening. No problem. Then, continued on to the G concourse - specifically at gate G4.

But it's still unclear exactly how he got passed the Delta ticket agent  at the gate, collecting tickets. What we do know is this minor did board flight 1651 and traveled some 13-hundred miles-- to Las Vegas.
Authorities say it wasn't until the flight crew became suspicious because he was traveling alone and contacted Las Vegas metropolitan police who took the child into custody upon landing.

 "I think they should have taken him to the tables and let him play a little, because his luck was doing well, once he got to Vegas."
Air transportation expert terry Tripper says the whole thing highlights big gaps in security-- especially when it comes to children.
"That nine-year-old child does not need identification. Anyone under 18, so I can understand standing behind a family. Or the family is checking in. I can understand that.
I can not understand the Delta gate agent. And this is where I put the major problem. It happened there."

While no one would talk on camera, there were a lot of statements.
First, from TSA essentially saying they did their jobs, quote, "The child was screened along with all other passengers to ensure that he was not a threat to the aircraft."
and then, Delta, quote, "delta is taking this incident very seriously and working with authorities in the investigation. Due to the fact that it involves a minor we are not commenting further at this time."

For the traveling public-- who know the rigorous routine of airport screening, it's a mystery how a child could have slipped through the cracks.

"We have to take off our shoes, put them in a box, go through the belt. Go through the thing."
"I'm quite surprised he got through security with all the things that we as adults have to go through."

Where is this kid's parents? Recent reports say the boy could be a runaway from the twin cities.
The MSP International Airport spokesman said that more than 33 million people travel through their airport every year, and that he's never seen an incident like this during his 13-year tenure with the organization.



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