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Unaccompanied Boy Sneaks on to Las Vegas Flight

He's leaving home, bye bye...

boy watching plane

Who hasn't dreamed of running away from home? Well, one kid got farther than most. A cunning nine-year-old boy managed to get through security without a ticket at a Minnesota airport before boarding on a flight to Vegas (where he likely had a lost weekend planned).

According to an article in Gawker, the boy was screened by TSA bods at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The cheeky lad went on to nab a bag from a luggage carousel, and got away with an eat-and-run at the airport restaurant before boarding the flight to Sin City.

"More than 33 million people travel through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport every year, and I don't know of another instance in my 13 years at the airport in which anything similar has happened," said Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan.

Fortunately, the Delta Airlines flight crew noticed there were no unaccompanied minors on their flight list, so this story has a happy ending—well, maybe not for the boy. 

He made it across five state lines, before being handed over to authorities. While the boy's backstory isn't clear, Delta is now investigating the obvious holes in its system. 

Is the boy's chutzpah admirable or terrifying?