Details surfacing on boy's ability to board flight to Las Vegas
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A 9-year-old boy managed to accomplish what was supposed to be the impossible when he ran away from home by hopping on a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas.
He managed to do all this without a ticket.
The boy is still in custody in Las Vegas while authorities try to figure out how he got past three checkpoints and make it on the flight.
"I cannot understand the Delta gate agents. This is where I put the major problem, it happened there," said Terry Trippler, Air Transportation Security.
Airport police are now reviewing but not releasing surveillance video of the boy at the Minneapolis airport, a day before his infamous flight.
It shows him stealing someone's luggage from the carousel.
"It's very suspicious. We have a very young kid with unusual belongings. That's something that should have been acted on right away," said Michael Rozin, security consultant.
The boy then grabbed some food, went to a bathroom and never returned.
The World Routes conference on Monday in Las Vegas brought together airlines and airports from around the world. One topic of discussion was security.
Minneapolis airport police said they will only be releasing the surveillance footage once they have fully reviewed it.
They continue to investigate this incident, along with the TSA.
Delta has responded to its handling of the situation by releasing this statement:
"Delta continues to work with authorities and look into the circumstances involving an un-ticketed minor boarding an aircraft in Minneapolis-St. Paul. We commend the flight crew of flight 1651, whose vigilance and awareness of the cabin led them to proactively alert authorities to the situation prior to the aircraft landing in Las Vegas. Safety and security are always Delta's highest priorities and we are reviewing our policies and procedures to make sure something like this does not happen again."