terbohuu: 11-year-old British runaway evades security, flies to Rome

Friday, August 17, 2012

11-year-old British runaway evades security, flies to Rome

At least five members of the British airline Jet2.com have been suspended after an 11-year-old runaway managed to board a flight to Rome without a passport, boarding card or ticket, the Manchester Evening News reports.
The boy, named Liam, apparently slipped past five control points at Manchester Airport on Tuesday by latching onto another family.
Britain's Transport minister, Justine Greening, calls the incident "incredibly concerning," the Evening News reports.
The newspaper says Liam apparently ran away from his mother while she was shopping near the airport and passed through security checkpoints without being asked for documents.
The newspaper says Liam headed for a departure lounge and followed a family boarding Jet2.com Flight LS791 to Rome.
No one on board noticed that he didn't have a boarding pass. Not even a headcount turned up a stowaway.
The staff was alerted only after passengers became suspicious.
"He was very talkative and seemed quite unfazed by it all," Sarah Swaynbe, a passenger, tells the Evening News. "He just sat there chatting away about how he'd been trying to run away from home. He seemed quite innocent really, and I don't think it had sunk in how serious the situation was."
The newspaper says Liam's mother was notified, but the boy flew on to Rome, staying onboard for the return flight.
A Jet2.com spokesperson, The Guardian reports, says the airline is investigating the incident as a "matter of urgency" and has suspended staff members involved until the probe is completed.

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