Boy, 12, Boards Heathrow Flight To LA Without Ticket Or Boarding Pass
According to The Telegraph, the boy was among other passengers who were due to board the same flight and, incredibly, was able to get onto the plane without flight documents.
Once on the plane, crew asked to check the boy's boarding pass so they could find his seat but discovered that he shouldn't have been there.
At this point, police were called to collect the 12-year-old, who is reported to be Dutch.
The flight was then delayed for four hours, as all the passengers were forced to go through security again, the paper reports.
An investigation has since been launched to get to the bottom of how the boy was able to get onto the plane.
A spokesperson for British Airways told The Telegraph: "We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their flight after an issue during boarding.
"The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and everyone who had boarded the aircraft had been subject to security checks.
"We conducted an additional precautionary screening as soon as this issue came to light and we are assisting the police with their enquiries."
A spokesperson from Scotland Yard told The Telegraph: "A 12-year-old boy boarded a BA flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at around 17:15hrs on 14 July.
"He was identified by cabin crew during pre-flight check. He did not have a ticket or any travel documents.
"The boy was an unaccompanied minor. He is not a UK national. As a security precaution, passengers de-planed following a discussion between police and the captain.
"The child is believed to have arrived at Heathrow as a transit passenger."
In a statement a spokesperson from Heathrow apologised for the disruption to other passengers but stressed that the kid didn't pose a security risk.
"We are working with our police colleagues and British Airways to understand how an unauthorised passenger boarded the incorrect aircraft," the spokesperson said.
"The individual did not represent a security risk and, purely as a precaution, the aircraft in question was re-screened and has since departed. We apologise for the disruption and will continue working closely with the authorities and our airline partners to keep the airport safe."
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