Boy bypasses Minneapolis Airport Security, boards plane to Las Vegas [UPDATE]

Categories: MSP Airport
Corey Seeman
Airline officials are investigating how a nine-year-old boy bypassed security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, apparently without a ticket, and boarded a Delta flight to Las Vegas.

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The Minneapolis boy was unaccompanied, but possibly blended in with another family, as he passed through several layers of security Thursday.

"The fact that the child's actions weren't detected until he was in flight is concerning," Patrick Hogan, an airport spokesman, wrote in a statement.

However, more than 33 millions people travel through the airport every year, Hogan added, "and I don't know of another instance (during) my 13 years at the airport in which anything similar has happened."

Once in flight, attendants grew suspicious and alerted authorities on the ground. The boy was turned over to Child Protective Services.

The TSA has reviewed surveillance footage and released the following statement: "The child was screened along with all other passengers to ensure that he was not a threat to the aircraft."

Delta permits children 5 to 14 to travel alone and offers to walk them on the plane, show them to their seat and, time permitting, introduce them to the cockpit crew. The airline could not be reached for comment.

The boy arrived at 10:37 a.m. on the southbound light rail, but apparently that wasn't his first solo trip.

KARE 11 reports that he visited the airport one day earlier and "took someone's luggage off a carousel, ordered food at a pre-security restaurant, asked the server to watch his luggage while he went to the restroom, but never returned."

A missing child report was not filed last week, at least not with the Minneapolis police, according to the Daily News. They were made aware of the boy's absence after their counterparts in Las Vegas reached out.

You gotta hand it to the kid for getting that far -- although he'd probably have more difficulty exploring Sin City.

::: UPDATE :::

Statement released Monday by the airliner:
Delta continues to work with authorities and look into the circumstances involving an un-ticketed minor boarding an aircraft in Minneapolis-St. Paul. We commend the flight crew of flight 1651, whose vigilance and awareness of the cabin led them to proactively alert authorities to the situation prior to the aircraft landing in Las Vegas. Safety and security are always Delta's highest priorities and we are reviewing our policies and procedures to make sure something like this does not happen again.

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Beth Pollack
Beth Pollack

It's because Delta sucks!!!! Hope they get effed for this.

k2yeb topcommenter

It takes a village to ignore a child. 


Someone needs to channel this kid's "talents" in a positive direction or he's going to end up as the CEO of some major Corporation stealing much much more than Lunch and a free ride.

Leo Espinoza
Leo Espinoza

This child got some "assistance "from someone at the airport.

CinBlueland topcommenter

Just wondering, where is an interview with the parents? The kid is NINE and the parents were oblivious and had no real clue to where he was or might be?


I've always been sad that the plot of Home Alone 2 is too unrealistic in a post-9/11 world. No more. Yay!

Lindsey Rivera
Lindsey Rivera

How does one get past security? My son has flown alone but you have to be checked in by an adult. And have a ticket to checked by TSA?

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

And somehow his "family" didn't know he was missing until he was found on an airplane where he did not belong....


@citypages I know the national media calls it the "Minneapolis Airport" but now the local media does too?


No one reports him missing.  He steals luggage. Kind of sad.  I'd really be interested to see what would have happened if Vegas didn't catch him.


@TC4L He didn't steal the luggage, he borrowed it to use as a prop so he could steal lunch. Resourceful kid.

barbertj23 topcommenter


That's the first thing I thought too, how do you lose your kid for 2 whole days like that? I like to hope there was some kind of extenuating circumstances involved.

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