Nine-year-old stowaway had scoped out airport day before his flight to Las Vegas

I expect great things from this young man.

The boy, who has not been identified, actually went to the airport both Wednesday and Thursday via light-rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan said Sunday.

On Wednesday, he took a bag off the baggage carousel, went through TSA security and had lunch at a restaurant in the area that leads to the concourses. The boy told waitstaff at the restaurant that he had to use the restroom. Since there isn't a restroom in the restaurant, the boy had to enter one of the concourses. He left the bag and his lunch bill behind and never returned, Hogan said.

The bag belonged to an arriving passenger. When the passenger arrived, airport personnel were waiting for him and returned the bag to him. The passenger went through the bag and reported that nothing was missing.

On Thursday, the boy was seen on surveillance video talking to a Delta agent at the flight gate, Hogan said. When that agent was busy, the boy walked down the jetway and onto the plane.

It's unclear whether the boy chose the flight to Las Vegas at random or specifically wanted to get to the gambling mecca.

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16 Responses:

  1. I find it wild that the whole thing is shown from a perspective of security paranoia and not one of parental paranoia, how far a bright kid can wander off with basically no money or help? Jeezis.

  2. And straight to the land of child exploitation, too. Glad he wasn't trying for Bangkok.

  3. Come on, this little Ender Wiggin motherfucker would *own* Bangkok in six months.

  4. I wonder how his parents feel about arranged marriage.

  5. Mine is also nine, you know.

  6. Morissa: It's almost 3:00. Do you know what flight your child is on?

  7. She's in our computer room with her father, setting up her own literary/theatrical review website. I can see her from where I'm standing. I intend to keep it that way.

  8. adam jones says:

    and this squeezed your balls because ?

  9. David M.A. says:

    Good to know the crack TSA staff identified this potential security risk at the screening checkpoint.

  10. . . .Because that level of cleverness in a nine year old shows great promise. Assuming it doesn't turn too malicious, of course.

  11. Joe Crawford says:

    "in five years we'll all either be working for him... or be dead by his hand"

  12. synaan says:

    The new Frank Abagnale Jr. in the making.

  13. Artemis Fowl, is that you?

  14. I should have done a LOT more shit when I was a kid. No one suspects kids and there are a lot fewer consequences than I feared at the time.

    Youth really IS wasted on the young.

  15. CBGoodBuddy says:

    9-year-old Minn. stowaway's history: car theft, sneaking into water park

    The boy is known to Hennepin County Human Services staff as a “challenging” child, Moore wrote. She said that two weeks ago, he stole a car and was arrested on “Highway 35.”

  16. Owen says:

    I keep noting to people that we've funded the TSA over $60 billion dollars in the last decade and we still get stuff like this.