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Boy sneaks on plane in Minnesota, heads to Las Vegas

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Boy sneaks on plane in Minnesota, heads to Las Vegas

CREATED Oct 6, 2013

Minneapolis, MN (KTNV) -- A 9-year-old Minneapolis boy was able to get through security at a Twin Cities airport and get on a plane without a ticket.

Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said security screened the boy at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

He then boarded a Delta flight leaving for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m. During the flight, cabin personnel noticed some anomalies with the child during the flight, that something was not correct.

During the disembarking of the flight at McCarran more anomalies were noticed and the child was detained by personnel at the airport.

When questioned, the child's answers did not add up and the police was called. Officers from the McCarran substation responded and realized that the child was an unreported runaway (i.e. no missing persons report had been filed). Calls were then made to Minnesota. 

They confirmed the boy was a runaway and a missing persons report was filed. Police contacted Child Protective Services and the child was turned over to them.

Delta and the Transportation Security Agency released statements noting they were investigating.

Hogan said the boy was expected to return to the Twin Cities.

Parole and Probation also responded and put an ankle bracelet on the child in case the boy tried to runaway again.

According to Las Vegas police, the last they had heard was that Child Protective Services was working with the child's mother, the airlines, CPS and Minnesota officials to get the boy back home.

Some passengers at McCarran sounded off to Action News about the situation.

"For as tight as security is in the airports today, for that to happen is just complete negligence," said traveler Danny Webster.

"If a kid can do it, then somebody else would probably be able to do it," said Zaina Cravin, another traveler. "That's just crazy."