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.