An unusual situation occurred when a 11 year-old boy managed to get through airport security at Manchester Airport and board a Jet2.com plane to Rome without a passport or boarding pass.
Ministers, the airport, and airline are all launching an investigation into how it was possible that this occurred.
The boy had apparently run away from his mother after a swimming lesson in Wythenshawe and made his way to Manchester Airport’s terminal 1, which was busy with travellers. The boy, who has a keen interest in planes, is said to have walked through security by following a family through. He was scanned but was not asked for a passport or boarding card, neither was he asked for these when he got on the Jet2.com flight bound for Rome.
It is believed that the cabin crew must have miscounted the number of passengers on the flight before setting off. It was only when passengers became concerned that he was on his own that the pilot was informed. The pilot then radioed back to Manchester Airport to inform them of the situation and so that the police could let his parents know he was safe, albeit on a flight to Italy.
Apparently unfazed by the seriousness of the event, the boy is reported to have been quite lively and chatty on the flight. He was returned safely home on the next available flight, but this was delayed by 80 minutes as cabin crew were questioned by border police at Fiumicino Airport.
Jet2.com has suspended the crew involved while a full investigation takes places.
A spokesman for Manchester Airport said: “This extremely serious matter is now being urgently investigated. 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.”