Author Topic: Home Alone X: Nine-year-old boy sneaks on flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas  (Read 641 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Johnnie F.

  • Administrator
  • Korat forum specialist
  • *****
  • Posts: 6462
    • Korat-Info
Nine-year-old boy sneaks on flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas

(Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy passed through security at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport 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 the flight on Thursday, but his action raised 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 10:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday and got on the Delta flight to Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. CDT.

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.

Delta spokeswoman Leslie Scott declined to comment beyond saying that the matter was under investigation. She declined to say why the crew became uneasy about the boy.

The Transportation Security Administration would say only that the boy was screened along with other passengers "to ensure that he was not a threat to the aircraft."

Security video shows the boy was at the airport on Wednesday as well, Hogan said.

The child, who is from Minneapolis, arrived on the light rail train that runs from the city's downtown, took a bag from a luggage carousel, and brought it to a restaurant in the area before the security checkpoints.

"He ordered lunch and ate it and then he told the wait staff that he had to use the restroom," Hogan said. "So he left the bag there, left the restaurant and never came back to pay."

The bag was returned to its owner.

Hogan said that he believed the child was back at home in Minneapolis with his family.

"It's really unclear why he was going to Las Vegas," he said.

Chicago Tribune

Clever boy! Probably saw the movie "Home Alone2" and wanted to investigate and practice for a sequel to the film.
No matter how tall the mountain is, it cannot block the sun. - Chinese Proverb


  • Guest
We had great service from Delta when travelling from London to Miami many years ago.

After checking in, the children were told that they could look around the shops provided that they were back at the same spot in one hour so that we could pass through to the gate in good time. My daughter, aged ten at the time, turned away with a sarcastic big yawn, indicating that Dad was being boring. She dislocated her jaw and it was jammed open! I left the rest of the family to carry on and took her in a taxi to the nearest hospital. She was immediately given several injections and the doctor kneeled over her on the gurney to pull the lower jaw back into place. Not a pleasant sight.

So far do good. The doctor then told me that she needed time to recover from the injections. The taxi waited outside as time ticked by. I explained to the doctor the disruption that would ensue if the two of us missed the fight but he stuck to his advice. My daughter was upset at the thought of missing the flight with the family so I eventually told the doctor that we were leaving and off we went back to the hospital.

Back at check-in desk, the Delta staff saw us approaching, ran over and rushed us to the plane just before the flight was to be closed. In fact, the Captain had been prepared to wait for us until that last moment. Then we discovered that not only had the Delta staff bent over backwards to get us on the flight but they have also reserved two seats on the next flight in case we didn't get back on time.

I am often prepared to complain about poor service and am equally prepared to praise exceptional service. I asked one of the cabin crew for a comments form, sending all of them into a panic wondering what had gone wrong. I wasn't given an envelope because they wanted to read what I wrote. When they saw my comments they were delighted to say the least and gave me an envelope. Some weeks later, I got a letter from Delta's President acknowledging my comments.

My daughter was fine on the flight and was treated like a princess by the crew.