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What security? A 9-year-old sneaks onto plane, heads to Vegas

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How in the world did this happen?

A nine-year-old boy somehow manages to get past security at Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport and board a Delta flight to Las Vegas.

He actually got on the flight without a ticket, without a boarding past, found an empty seat and tried his luck.

It's a mystery how this kid slipped through the cracks....

According to a local TV station in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the boy is believed to be a runaway from the Twin Cities area and this apparently wasn't his first misadventure at the airport.

The boy even took someone else's luggage off the carousel, ordered food at a restaurant inside the airport, asked the server to watch "his luggage" while he went to the bathroom and never came back.

While that part of the story is perhaps amusing, the rest is deeply disturbing.

How did this kid get past, not one, but THREE levels of security- the TSA, the gate agents, and the flight crew. Mid-flight the Delta crew got suspicious and that's when the boy's brilliant plan unraveled.

Lots of questions of course- How did he get past the ticket agent? How did they not check his boarding pass? What are the chances he picked an empty seat on the plane? Especially these days, the planes are so packed!

This incident clearly raises many questions about airport security in this country? Clearly gaping holes still exist,  despite all the changes that have been implemented since 9/11.

Are we safe up in the air? What if terrorists use someone low key- like a child- to do their dirty work in the future?

As the investigation moves forward we will get all the details and find out how all of this happened of course, but bottom line there is no room for errors like this. This is absolutely unacceptable.

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