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A 9-year-old boy snuck through security at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and boarded a Delta flight to Las Vegas without a boarding pass on Oct. 3. The boy, believed to be a runaway, passed through three security checks and found a seat on the plane — even though he did not have a ticket!

“Officials say he took someone’s luggage off a carousel, ordered food at a pre-security restaurant, asked the server to watch his luggage while he went to the restroom, but never returned,” reported KARE-11. On Oct. 3, he boarded a plane to Las Vegas, despite not having a boarding pass.

The flight crew became suspicious of the young boy on the flight when his name was not on their list of unaccompanied minors, explained Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan.

The boy was stopped and questioned upon arrival in Las Vegas.

“The story has a good ending because at least the flight crew took the appropriate actions and the child was returned safely,” said Pat Hogan. “Obviously the concern is how the child was able to go through the security screening process and board an airplane in the first place.”