Rome alone: 11-year-old evades airport security
Liam Corcoran Fort, a 11-year-old boy recently flew from Manchester to Rome without a passport or boarding pass. He later said it was easier than doing his homework.
According to media reports, the boy went to Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport, hopping on to an airport bus after finding a ticket on the floor. He got past the body scanner and metal detector without any problem. The surprising part was that he was able to get through security gates onto Jet2.com flight without being asked by anyone to show his boarding card.
“There were lots of people but I didn’t speak to anyone. I followed where people were going and then at the barrier I went underneath it. “I didn’t have anything on me and and no-one asked me for anything. I just carried on walking.’’
Cabin crew failed to check if he had a boarding pass. Neither did they do a mandatory headcount before take-off. It was only when the flight was 30,000 feet above Europe that the cabin crew was alerted by passengers about the boy.
After touching down in Rome, Liam was quickly packed on to a return flight to Manchester, but not before the flight was delayed 80 minutes by Italian border police who wanted to know how an 11-yearold with no documentation and no guardian managed to fly 2,400 km across Europe.