Sneaks on a plane: Minnesota 9-year-old flies to Vegas


Federal airport security officials are reviewing whether checkpoint changes are needed after a 9-year-old Minneapolis boy managed to make it through numerous checkpoints at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and board a Delta flight bound for Las Vegas on Thursday.

He apparently managed to get past gate agents and onto the plane without a boarding pass.

KARE 11 reported the boy, described as a runaway, was stopped once the plane landed.

The station said that an airport spokesperson called the incident a rare security mishap. "This is a Delta and TSA issue," said MSP's Pat Hogan.

The Star Tribune reports the flight crew became suspicious and the boy was questioned and taken into protective custody when the plane lande in Nevada.

A Delta spokeswoman said Saturday that the airline is investigating. The incident was reported to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, Minneapolis police and the Hennepin County attorney’s office.

The boy's parents went to Las Vegas with local authorities to bring the boy home.

The story is gaining national traction. The websites for CNN and the Washington Post are carrying a version of it.

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