An 11-year-old Ran Away to the Airport, Slipped Through Airport Security, and Nearly Boarded a Flight Without a Ticket

Some kids out there pretend they’re going to run away as a way to get attention from their parents, but one kid in Atlanta actually made a solid attempt.

In a feat that seems straight out of a “Home Alone” remake, an 11-year-old boy actually managed to hop a bus to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, get through security without a ticket or ID, and nearly take off on a Delta flight, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

And he would have made it, too, if it weren’t for some meddling airport employees.

According to WSB-TV in Atlanta, a source told reporter Tom Jones that the boy “just wanted to get away.” The boy was apparently playing basketball in his yard on Friday afternoon before he decided to make a run for it and boarded a bus in Clayton County.

TSA representative Sari Koshetz told WSB-TV that no security breach was made, since the boy was screened and was not required to show ID at the security checkpoint because he was a minor. Koshetz did not comment on the fact that he didn’t have a boarding pass.

According to Yahoo, an airport worker stopped the boy when they noticed he was in his pajamas. When they asked the boy where his family was, the people near the boy said they didn’t know him.

“Atlanta Police got a call from Delta Air Lines employees that an unaccompanied 11-year-old had tried to board one of their planes without a boarding pass,” Atlanta police spokesman Carlos Campos told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Luckily the boy was located before he was allowed to board a flight.

The boy is back with his mother, who did not comment much on the situation. “You should be at the airport asking them how that happened,” she said to WSB-TV.

“That sounds like we still have a lot of problems, if a child can get through security and get to a plane, and board a plane… you have to ask yourself, where’s the ticket? Where’s the parent? This is a horrendous breach of security, no doubt about it,” Brent C. Brown, a leading security expert, told CBS46.

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