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Delta reviews procedures after boy, 9, stows away on flight


Published:   |   Updated: October 7, 2013 at 02:00 PM

MINNEAPOLIS — Airport and airline officials are reviewing video and gathering information as they try to figure out how a 9-year-old boy evaded security and stowed away on a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without a ticket.

Delta Air Lines issued a statement Monday saying it’s reviewing its policies and procedures to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Officials say the boy took a light-rail train to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday. They’re still not saying how he got past security screeners and gate agents to board the flight, which was not full. The flight crew later became suspicious and handed him over to authorities in Las Vegas.

The Transportation Security Administration says he was screened along with other passengers to ensure that he was not a threat.

Security officials screened the boy at the airport shortly after 10:30 a.m., Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded the Delta flight that left for Las Vegas at 11:15 a.m.

Video also shows the boy at the airport Wednesday, Hogan said. He grabbed a bag from the carousel and ordered lunch at a restaurant outside of the security checkpoints, Hogan said. He ate and then told the server he had to use the bathroom, left the bag and never returned to pay.

The owner of the bag was identified, and the bag was returned to him, Hogan said.

The TSA said it was also investigating the incident.

The boy was expected to return to the Twin Cities, but Hogan didn’t know Sunday if that had happened yet.

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