[ISN] MSP airport security proves no barrier to 9-year-old stowaway

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/226665421.html By PAT PHEIFER Star Tribune October 6, 2013 The 9-year-old boy who stowed away on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday passed through three security checkpoints at the airport without a boarding pass or identification, officials and an airline expert said Sunday. “I’ve worked at the airport for 13 years, and we have more than 33 million people go through the terminal every year, and I’ve never heard of anything like this happening before,” said Pat Hogan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The boy got through the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) checkpoint and past a Delta gate agent, and didn’t get scrutinized by flight attendants before the plane took off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Terry Trippler, owner of ThePlaneRules.com. “I put it more on Delta than the TSA,” said Trippler, saying that the boy blended in with a family traveling with children. If an adult handed the TSA agent six boarding passes, it would be fairly easy to miss it if there were seven people, he said. […]




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