Rome alone: 11-year-old evades air­port se­cu­rity

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL 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.

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