MINNEAPOLIS (KARE/CNN) - A 9-year-old boy from Minneapolis managed to sneak on a plane to Las Vegas - apparently without a boarding pass.
The boy walked off a light rail car Thursday and into the Minneapolis airport with plans to travel, but with no ticket.
He passed through the security checkpoints of TSA screening.
He then, continued on to the G Concourse - specifically at gate G4. But it's unclear exactly how he got passed the Delta ticket agent at the gate, collecting tickets.
The minor boarded flight 1651 and traveled 1,300 miles to Las Vegas.
Officials say it wasn't until the flight crew became suspicious because he was traveling alone and contacted Las Vegas Metropolitan Police who took the child into custody upon landing.
"I think they should have taken him to the tables and let him play a little, because his luck was doing well, once he got to Vegas," said Terry Trippler, from theplanerules.com.
Trippler, an air transportation expert, says the whole thing highlights big gaps in security - especially when it comes to children.
"That 9-year-old child does not need identification. Anyone under 18, so I can understand standing behind a family. Or the family is checking in. I can understand that," Trippler said. "I cannot understand the Delta gate agent. And this is where I put the major problem. It happened there."
While no one would talk on camera, but a lot of statements were released.
TSA said: "The child was screened along with all other passengers to ensure that he was not a threat to the aircraft."
And Delta said: "Delta is taking this incident very seriously and working with authorities in the investigation. Due to the fact that it involves a minor we are not commenting further at this time."
For the traveling public - who know the rigorous routine of airport screening, it's a mystery how a child could have slipped through the cracks.
"We have to take off our shoes, put them in a box, go through the belt. Go through the thing," said Rose Manfredi, an airline passenger.
"I'm quite surprised he got through security with all the things that we as adults have to go through" said Gordon Selinger, an airline passenger.
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