Liam Corcoran, an 11-year-old boy from Britain was able to slip through security and fly to Rome without a passport or ticket.
Officials at Manchester airport and at the airline Jet2.com said Wednesday they were investigating how the boy got aboard the flight to Rome and wasn’t detected until the cabin crew identified him during the flight.
The crew alerted the captain who radioed back to Manchester.
Police at Manchester Airport then called Liam’s anxious mother to tell her that her son was safe and well – but on a plane on the way to Italy.
Staff at Manchester Airport have been suspended after Liam Corcoran was allowed to pass through five security checks before making his way on to the Jet2.com flight yesterday.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “This extremely serious matter is now being urgently investigated by officials from the airport and airline. It is clear that
documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate.
“It was our responsibility – we absolutely have to answer for that. This was a young lad on an adventure.”
He was scanned by security staff but they did not notice his lack of a passport and boarding pass as he mingled with a family boarding the plane, the Manchester Evening News reported.