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Boy, 9, sneaks onto plane, flies to Las Vegas

Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 00:55

Oct. 7 - The boy got through security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a boarding pass. His parents say they had no idea he was gone. Linda So reports.

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It all started here at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The 9-year-old boy was alone, but somehow made it through three security checkpoints without a boarding pass. SOUNDBITE: UNIDENTIFIED TRAVELER, SAYING: "I don't see how that would happen, honestly. It amazes me that he could get through that many levels." An airport official says the boy was screened by TSA agents at this checkpoint Thursday morning. He got onto a flight to Las Vegas. That's when flight attendants got suspicious and called Vegas Police. Jon Austin, a former spokesperson for Northwest Airlines, says he's seen it happen before with kids. SOUNDBITE: COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST JON AUSTIN, SAYING: "They attach themselves to a group in sort of to an outsider, instead of a family of three kids it's a family of four kids." The boy's parents say they had no idea he was missing. An airport official says the boy took the light rail to get to MSP International. Before the flight, he ate at an airport restaurant and left without paying.

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Boy, 9, sneaks onto plane, flies to Las Vegas

Sunday, October 06, 2013 - 00:55