9-Year-Old Runaway Flies to Vegas Without a Boarding Pass

Security camera footage shows the boy slipping past the check-in counter when no one was looking

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His mother thought he was playing at a friend’s house. In fact, the nine-year-old had taken a lightrail train to the Minneapolis airport, slipped past the check-in counter and boarded a flight to Las Vegas. He told the increasingly suspicious flight crew that his parents were seated at the back of the plane.

A quick check of the roster revealed that he never should have boarded the plane in the first place. The boy was taken into custody by Child Protective Services in Las Vegas.

One official who had worked for the airport for 13 years told NBC News, “I’ve never seen a case like this before.”

[NBC News]