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July 25, 2012

'Paperless' 11-year old boy flies to Rome from UK airport

     London: Airport officials have launched an urgent inquiry after an 11-year-old boy boarded a Jet2 flight to Rome on his own from the Manchester Airport without any passport or boarding pass. Liam Corcoran was only found en route and was returned home on Tuesday. Several members of the staff from the airline Jet2 have been suspended in this matter so far. "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 Telegraph quoted a Manchester Airport spokesman, as saying. "The boy went through full security screening so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised," he added. Liam evaded five security checks to board the flight. The aeroplane's captain was only alerted to the extra passenger when other passengers raised concerns during the flight. It has been reported that the boy had run away from his mother while she was shopping at Wythenshawe Civic Centre and made his way to the airport. Liam then went to one of the gates where passengers were boarding Jet2.com flight LS791 to Rome , and managed to get past a security check without showing a passport or boarding card, it has been reported. It was believed that after he boarded and took a seat, as crew failed to carry out an accurate headcount to make sure that the number of passengers and boarding cards matched up. During the flight passengers became suspicious and alerted cabin crew. The captain was informed and radioed back to Manchester , where police informed the boy's mother he was safe and well but on a plane heading to Italy.
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