Randomness (r_ness) wrote,
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This kid's got a future.

From BBC News Manchester:
An 11-year-old boy boarded a plane from Manchester to Rome on his own without a passport, tickets or boarding pass.

He mingled with families to get through checks in Terminal 1 on Tuesday. He was found mid-air on the Jet2 plane after passengers became suspicious.

The airline said no head count was carried out on this flight and they would now become mandatory.

...

The airport spokesman said the boy passed through security checks but was not asked to show any documentation.

The boy went straight to the nearest aircraft that was boarding - the flight to Rome.
The Economist's Gulliver blog adds:
The incident has generated lots of serious talk of investigations and staff suspensions. Justine Greening, the transport secretary, will be "urgently reviewing" with both airport and carrier "exactly what happened". That is as it should be, of course: if all 11-year-olds stop paying for tickets, airline finances will soon look even uglier than they currently do.

What everyone seems to be ignoring in the rush to condemn is the phenomenal achievement by the child concerned. Aged 11, most boys can do little other than watch television, play football and fight with their sisters; this child blagged his way past at least three security checks onto an international flight.
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