MINNEAPOLIS — A 9-year-old runaway went through security, boarded a plane at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport without a ticket and flew to Las Vegas, an airport spokesman said Sunday.
Security officials screened the Minneapolis boy at the airport around 10:30 a.m. Thursday after he arrived via light rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said. The boy then boarded a Delta flight that left for Las Vegas.
The flight was not full, Hogan said, and the flight crew became suspicious mid flight because the boy was not on their list of unattended minors. The crew contacted Las Vegas police, who met them upon landing and transferred the boy to child protection services.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Bill Palmer said officers talked to the family after Las Vegas police contacted them.
A family member told police the boy ran away.