U.K. probes how 11-year-old flew to Rome without ticket, passport

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...ut-ticket-passport/article4439915/?cmpid=rss1

    Authorities at an airport in northern England are investigating how an 11-year-old boy managed to catch a flight to Rome without a passport or a ticket.

    In a statement on Wednesday, Manchester airport management called it an “extremely serious matter” which is being investigated by officials of the airline and the airport. It says that some staff had been suspended from duty, but did not say how many.

    Read More: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news...ut-ticket-passport/article4439915/?cmpid=rss1
     
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    wow! between immigration, GAs, security, i wanna know how he managed to evade everyone.
     
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    He must be intelligent indeed and passionate about flying too!:)
     
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    Did he get points for the flight? ;)
     
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    What's his MilePoint handle?
     
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    Clever Boy! Our Hero!:)
     
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    What I'm curious about is how on earth he snagged the upgrade given UA's Byzantine new rules?
     
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    Didn't I just read something about our TSA agents helping out in that country? That could explain it all.
     
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    Maybe he was auditioning for Home Alone 10: Roman Holiday.
     
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    Mother of boy who caught a flight alone without a passport criticises airport


    http://www.itv.com/news/granada/201...-or-ticket-has-criticised-manchester-airport/

    The mother of an eleven-year-old schoolboy from Wythenshawe, who flew to Rome by himself without a passport or boarding pass, has criticised Manchester Airport after her son revealed he walked through a series of airport security checks without being challenged by a single member of staff.

    In an interview with The Sun, Liam Corcoran said he was not asked for any documentation as he made his way onto the Jet2.com flight at Manchester Airport, just days before the Olympic Games gets under way.
    Liam said: "There were lots of people but I didn't speak to anyone. I followed where people were going and then at the barrier I went underneath it.

    "I didn't have anything on me and and no-one asked me for anything. I did what I asked and just carried on walking."
    The schoolboy, who has learning difficulties, was on a shopping trip in Wythenshawe with his mother on Tuesday before wandering away and travelling a few miles to the airport on a bus after finding a ticket on the floor.
     
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    Partial blame should go to the mother for not paying attention to where her child was.
     
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    My thought also.
    At 11 he needs plenty of supervison, for goodness sake he boarded a plane and left the country!
     
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    I agree as well but "the system" (i.e. Manchester Airport security) also failed as what if it was you or me? Well, maybe not you or me as we'd absolutely be caught ;) but what if it was an "inconspicuous adult" who pulled this off? Big black-eye for the airport on this one imho.
     
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    Correct, there's a lot of blame to go around, but the parent needs to look inward as does the aiport, all of the secuirty services, and the airline.
     
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    Who knows, maybe the kid just had it with everything and simply wanted to get away, especially from mom! :p
     

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