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.