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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Are you paying attention? Even a 12-year-old can outsmart airport security

You know all that rigmarole you through each time you board an international flight? 

The passport checks, the security checks, the body scans, baggage searches? 

Well, even a 12-year-old child can outsmart all those security professionals and then board a plane without any travel documents, ticket or boarding pass. 

Ask the security detail at London's Heathrow Airport, where a 12-year-old boy was only rumbled after he had boarded a British Airways flight to Los Angeles. 

The boy, who was believed to be Dutch, was travelling on his own and refused to leave the aircraft when he was challenged. He was eventually removed by police.

The aircraft then had to be cleared and all passengers were security checked, delaying the flight by more than four hours.

Travel Mole reported that it is thought the boy was a transit passenger who had a ticket to an onward destination, but had then attempted to see if he how far he could get.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "A 12-year-old boy boarded a BA flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at around 17:15hrs on July 14..  

"He was identified by cabin crew during pre-flight check. He did not have a ticket or any travel documents.  

A Heathrow spokesperson said: "We are working with our police colleagues and British Airways to understand how an unauthorised passenger boarded the incorrect aircraft."


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