11-Year-Old Boy Stages Escape from London: Flies Away to Rome Without Ticket or Passport
11-year-old Liam Corcoran definitely knows how to stage an escape.
The English boy eluded his mother, and got on a plane from England to Italy, all without a ticket, passport, or money.
Liam decided to run away from his mom while the latter was busy on a shopping trip. Arriving at the airport in Manchester, the clever boy mingled with nearby families to avoid detection. And in a feat that had airline officials bowing their heads in shame, Liam ran to the nearest gate and was able to board a Jet2 flight to Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
During the flight, passengers started becoming suspicious of Liam’s seemingly innocuous adventure, and found out the truth. The pilot then spoke to officials at the Manchester airport who in turn contacted the boy’s distraught mother.
“He was very talkative and seemed quite un-fazed by it all,” a fellow-passenger said. “He just sat there chatting away about how he’d been trying to run away from home. He seemed quite innocent really and I don’t think it had sunk in how serious the situation was.”
Once Liam reached Italy, he unfortunately wasn’t able to enjoy Rome, as he was immediately placed on another plane back home to Manchester.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said in a statement:
This extremely serious matter is now being urgently investigated by officials from the airport and airline. It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate. The boy went through full security screening so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised.
Several airline officials have been suspended. Liam is now safe at home, while the rest of us contemplate what the modern-day Frank Abagnale Jr. will do next, and how tight airport security really is.