Runaway 7-year-old takes train to airport, boards plane with no ticket

mercurial

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Runaway 7-year-old takes train to airport, boards plane with no ticket

GENEVA (Reuters) - A seven-year-old girl who ran away from her parents managed to take a train to Geneva airport and board a plane despite having no ticket.

The girl gave her parents the slip near Geneva’s central railway station on Sunday, then took the one-stop ride to the airport. Her parents rang the Swiss police, who tracked her progress through the airport on security videos, airport spokesman Bertrand Staempfli said.

She went through the security gate and managed to pass herself off as the child of adults around her, before using her small stature to slip through the departure gate without being noticed and boarding a plane, the airport said in a statement.

On her first attempt she followed a crew toward the plane and was turned back. She melted into the crowd and pretended to look for her parents. The second time, she managed to get into a plane, was spotted by an official, stopped, and handed over to police.

Staempfli declined to say which airline was involved or where it was flying to, but he said it was leaving from the airport’s French sector and the destination was in France.

Geneva airport straddles the French-Swiss border and passengers can leave from France or Switzerland.

The airport said in the statement it would tighten safety rules and boarding procedures as a result of what it called the “highly regrettable incident”.

“This should never have happened,” Staempfli said.
 

ponder

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Security has as many holes as a piece of swiss cheese.
 

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But regardless of the fact that security was ****, she still has a boat load of savvy and intelligence to have made it so far at that age.

I shudder to think what she will be capable of when she is older.
 
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HavocXphere

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It's a 7 year old kid. Of course she gets past everything.

If 7 y/o tells you then need to find her parents that are already on the plane are you really going to detain her until she spits out a ticket? Or abandon your post to go parent hunting? No you tell them "run along now".

Was surprised in SF though when a ~7 y/o climbed into the Uber. :wtf: Kept looking around for where the parent is...nope kid is missioning about on her own
 

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The question in my mind is why did she do this?
Think some investigation needs to be done.
 

Ykv

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Pretty sure she would manage that at any airport. Airport security are masters of "Security Theatre". It mostly exists to seem as if it keeps everyone safe.
 
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