TSA Fail: 9-Year-Old Boy Able To Fly From Minneapolis To Las Vegas Without A Ticket

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October 7, 2013 ‐ By
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In mind-boggling news, a 9-year-old boy was able to do the unthinkable at the end of last week. The kid was able to go through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and board a plane to Las Vegas without being stopped or questioned.

According to CBS News, the kid went through check-in and security on Thursday morning at 10:30 and then boarded a Delta flight to Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. without being stopped. On the flight, someone finally noticed there was something odd about the boy, especially since he didn’t have a ticket with an assigned seat, so they called police in Vegas. Authorities met the crew upon landing, apprehended the young man and placed him with child protection services.

A day before the incident happened, the 9-year-old was also seen by security cameras in the airport taking someone’s bag from a baggage claim carousel and then taking it to a restaurant outside security checkpoints. The child ordered food, then told a server he had to use the bathroom. Of course, he left the bag he swiped to pretend he wasn’t dining and dashing since it didn’t belong to him, and he ditched the restaurant without paying. Seems like he was trying to see how much he could get away with in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and clearly he could get away with quite a lot. That has put TSA in the airport in the hot seat, as authorities try and figure out how a 9-year-old could get through security and jump on a flight without a ticket with no one thinking anything of it.

A TSA spokesperson blamed such an accident on low staffing due to the government shutdown and furloughed employees when speaking with WCCO-TV, but says they’ll still look into what went wrong. “We’re investigating … and looking into our part to see what occurred and what didn’t occur.”

The child was supposed to be sent back to Minneapolis on Sunday, but according to CBS, it’s unclear whether or not that has been done. But when he does finally return, his parents need to have a good talk with him and get themselves in check, because the fact that he’s been able to move about to the airport and even to another STATE without them knowing is ridiculous.

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  • ZeroFuxGiven

    Before they question TSA agents, they might want to have a chat with his parent. He was at the airport for two days. How did he get there? Why didn’t anyone notice he was missing? Where was his Guardian?

  • Noel Justnoel

    wow!!! Smart young man… My question is, where are his parents?

  • chanela

    This isn’t a surprise. I realized how much people let their kids run wild and do whatever they want in public when i started working in a department store. Its ridiculous

  • Hemma

    I know one thing if he was my brother, he would’ve gotten his a$$ torn the hell up. He’d get it from my parents and wish he’d never did it. My parents don’t play that crap. I remember one time I went with my 3rd cousin up to Richmond,Virginia, and when I got back things didn’t go well. My parents had specifically told me no.

    • Keland

      When are people going to learn the difference between discipline and physical abuse?

  • CHATTYPATTY

    You have to admit, he’s a smart kid but I hope his parents are away on a trip, and left him with an elderly person because there is no reason why this boy’s abscence went unnoticed.

    • kierah

      I’m saying – Where are his parents?!!! Why isn’t he in school?!! A lot of people dropped the ball before this child got to the airport.