Nine-year-old hitches a ride on Delta from Minneapolis to Vegas

A nine-year-old boy with "behavioral problems" snuck onto a plane in Minneapolis and flew all the way to Las Vegas, though he was taken away by Child Protective Services on landing (a flight attendant noticed he wasn't on the roster). The kid travelled to the airport by light rail on two consecutive days, once to scope it out and once to fly. That kid is going places.

“If the unaccompanied minor arrives at the counter alone, the Delta agent will not be permitted to complete check in,” Delta’s website says.

Hogan said security footage showed the 9-year-old “waited until the person who was at the gate was busy, and that’s when he got on the plane...”

...A source close to the investigation told NBC News that the boy told a flight attendant that his parents were sitting in the back of the plane, but Hogan said the flight crew became suspicious at some point during the flight when they realized the boy “wasn’t on the roster” of children travelling alone.

When the plane landed, Hogan said, “The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and Child Protective Services there took the child into custody and were arranging his return to Minneapolis.” As of Sunday, the boy remained in Las Vegas in Child Protective Services, according to the source...

...In fact, Hogan said security footage and airport staff reports indicated the boy made an unaccompanied trip to the airport the day before his solo flight.

9-year-old flies alone from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a boarding pass [Elisha Fieldstadt/US News]

(Thanks, Adam!)

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  1. I guess we finally have an answer to "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?"

  2. Technically, that kid has gone places.

  3. He went to Vegas first. worth it

  4. Ocker3 says:

    and he would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for those damn meddling adults!

  5. xzzy says:

    If they stay true to form, the TSA will just confiscate all 9 year olds at security checkpoints. You'll have to deposit them in a garbage can to avoid detainment, leaving the airport with your 9 year old isn't even an option.

    8 or 10 year olds are okay if they're in a transparent 1 quart ziplock bag.

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