A 9-year-old boy managed to sneak through security in Minneapolis and board a Delta flight headed for Las Vegas Thursday morning, a Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport spokesperson confirmed Sunday.
HLN affiliate KARE reports that the child made it all the way to Vegas on Flight 1651 before he was stopped and questioned. Also according to KARE, authorities say the boy could be a runaway from the Twin Cities. MSP International Airport spokesperson Patrick Hogan says that, after they became suspicious of the unattended child during the flight, the Delta flight crew contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, who took the child into custody upon landing.
After reviewing security footage, MSP officials believe the boy was not actually carrying a boarding pass, KARE reports.
Hogan said that more than 33 million people travel through MSP International Airport every year, and he's never seen another incident like this during his 13-year tenure with the organization.
"The Metropolitan Airports Commission is not involved in the screening or boarding of passengers, and I can't speak for the TSA or the airline in terms of their processes or of the actions of their personnel in this case," he said.
"Obviously, the fact that the child's actions weren't detected until he was in flight is concerning," Hogan also stated.
Delta Spokesperson Leslie Scott issued a written statement that reads, "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."
The Transportation Security Administration has not yet issued a statement about the incident.