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11-year-old boards plane without passport, boarding card or parents
Liam Corcoran first escaped from his mother, then dodged airport security to nearly pull off the runaway of a lifetime
A young boy has managed to board a plane in Manchester, England and fly to Rome with no identification or boarding card, or even any guardians to accompany him.
Liam Corcoran slipped through security at Manchester Airport yesterday, July 24, having escaped from a shopping trip with his mother, and was only discovered after co-passengers on the Jet2 flight became suspicious of the “Rome-alone” traveler.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport denied there was a security problem. “This isn’t a loophole in airport security. There was no threat to the airport or the aircraft or passengers.”
However he admitted serious errors had occurred and staff members have been suspended as a result.
“He went straight from security … to the nearest aircraft that’s boarding, which happens to be this Jet2 flight to Rome.
"At that point there should be checks for a boarding card, does he have a passport that matches the boarding card, does he have a seat and ultimately the head count on board. All of those checks didn’t pick him up and that is subject to a major investigation.”
At a time when British airport security is on heightened alert with the Olympics about to begin, this should be a serious concern for the authorities.
It’s not the first time a minor has been able to board a plane with no documentation.
In 1985 13-year-old Noel Murray and 10-year-old Keith Byrne slipped through security to board an Air India flight from London Heathrow to New York without passports or tickets.
They were later returned home to Dublin.