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Runaway boy, 11, jets to Rome alone

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Runaway boy, 11, jets to Rome alone

Postby skynet » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:47 pm

To bad he wasn't able to get off the plane, check into a hotel and go sight seeing.


A boy of 11 flew alone to Rome after he boarded a flight at Manchester Airport without a passport, boarding pass or cash.

Airport staff have been suspended and a top-level investigation launched after Liam Corcoran evaded five security checks to join the flight unaccompanied.

The jet’s captain was only alerted to the extra passenger when holidaymakers became concerned as the flight headed to Italy yesterday afternoon.

Hours earlier the youngster had run away from his mother while she was shopping at Wythenshawe Civic Centre and made his way to Manchester Airport.

It is understood Liam followed a family when he got to Terminal 1, which was packed with people heading away for the summer holidays. Security staff there scanned him but failed to realise he was on his own and had no boarding card.

Liam then headed to one of the gates where passengers were boarding flight LS791 to Rome. He managed to bypass a security check at the gate without being asked to show either a passport or a boarding card.

Once on the Boeing aircraft, no-one realised he didn’t have a boarding-card stub.

It is believed Liam then took up one of the seats but crew failed to carry out an accurate headcount to ensure the number of passengers and boarding cards tallied.

The jet took off as normal and it was only during the journey to Italy that passengers became suspicious and told the cabin crew. The crew members alerted the captain who radioed back to Manchester.

Police at Manchester Airport then called the Liam’s anxious mother to tell her that her son was safe and well – but on a plane on the way to Italy.

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