Boy, 9, Sneaks on to Plane, Flies to Vegas
Also scammed a free meal at airport
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2013 2:55 PM CDT
An electric company worker changing ballasts and lamps on the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas," sign in Las Vegas, Nev.   (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, File)

(Newser) – This is one Vegas gamble that almost paid off: A 9-year-old boy sneaked through security and onto a Delta flight at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport on Thursday and made it all the way to Las Vegas—apparently without a boarding pass. But putting a dent in his wild vacation plans, crew members "became suspicious of the child's circumstances" during the flight, says an airport spokesman, and turned him over to authorities in Nevada, CNN reports.

That wasn't the only mischief the kid got up to: He also visited the airport the day before, where he stole a bag from the luggage carousel, then went to a restaurant and ordered lunch. After eating, he asked a server to mind his bag while he went to the restroom, then skipped out on the bill, the AP reports. The bag was eventually returned to its original owner.

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Oct 8, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
They killed his dream of being the youngest Elvis impersonator.
Oct 7, 2013 4:56 PM CDT
He didn't know that Home Alone stunts only work in the movies.Now its not impossible to forge a boarding pass at least to get through TSA. All they look for is a date, an airline, and a flight. They don't verify the authenticity. But then when you get to the gate with the forged pass, it will not scan. Someone could muss up the barcode like an inkjet printer does sometimes and they key in the ticket locator. But I could see a kid doing the best to fanagle his way onto a flight. But then there is the issue of seat. If you are going to forge a pass, make sure its first or business class. There are almost always empty seats there, especially in first class. I know a guy who did an ultimate forge. He bought a coach seat but changed his boarding pass to a first class seat assignment. He checked it out that morning of the flight and made sure there were plenty of empty seats in first class. He then printed it out and rushed to the airport. He knew the scanner would pick it up as non-first class so he waited to board with the correct group. He showed his pass to the first class attendant and she took his carry on and he took his pre-selected forged seat. He then sat and waited for all the procedures figuring they would find his game or not and go on. First came the champagne, cheese snack tray, shrimp cocktail, and then mixed drinks. Then a warm pillow, hot meal, and finished with a warm cookie. Then selection of the Dish movie on the LCD tv or a DVD if the movie was not to his liking. Then as the flight came to an end, before the cows rustling in the back could stampede, he had his carry on in hand, and tipped his attendant $40 for her niceness. She said, "thank you sir, I hope you come on my flight again." I lost contact with him and don't know if he doe that gag today.
Oct 7, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
I LOVE IT! Let me apologize in advance, I'm an anarchist and I believe what this kids just did was striking a blow for freedom in a world where there's not much left. Yeah, he broke the law. Yeah, it cost a few bucks of jet fuel for his little stunt. But think about it... how many of you did anything THIS crazy and THIS BIG when YOU ran away from home? Don't be a bunch of envious wankers. The kid did it with STYLE! Oh - and my VERY favorite part - that little rat SHOWED UP THE TSA AND HOMELAND INSECURITY!!! A FREAKING 9-YEAR OLD!!! How many hundreds of millions of dollars have we thrown into a failure of a system??? GOTTA LOVE IT!