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9-year-old stowaway remains away from parents, second evaluation ordered

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The 9-year-old boy who evaded security at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and hopped a Delta flight to Las Vegas last month will undergo a second psychological evaluation, KARE 11 reported.

The boy has been in foster care while he and his parents receive counseling. A Hennepin County Judge ordered the second evaluation at a court hearing Wednesday after objections were raised about the results of the first evaluation, KARE 11 said.

The boy will remain away from his parents at least until the next hearing on Dec. 20, when the family's progress will be discussed further.

A Child in Need of Protection or Services petition was filed in juvenile court after the boy boarded the plane unbeknownst to his parents.

The boy's father admitted to struggling with the boy's out-of-control behavior and claims he had asked for help handling his son.

However, he also holds the airport responsible.

“How would you let a 9-year-old child go through security check without stopping him and questioning him? How can that be?” he said.

The Transportation Security Administration and Delta Airlines continue to look into how the boy made it through multiple checkpoints unchaperoned and without a boarding pass. The TSA is also reviewing whether checkpoint changes are needed following the incident.

“I put it more on Delta than the TSA,” Terry Trippler, owner of ThePlaneRules.com, told the Star Tribune in a previous report. "The way I look at it is, ‘Delta, this is a person getting on your flight. You make sure they’re all there.'"

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