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    9 year old flies from MN to Las Vegas with NO ticket

    Sometimes it seems like missing kids/people end up just vanishing into thin air in ways that seem impossible - like they'd have to have been spotted or surely must still be around because they'd not have been able to get away.

    A 9 year old boy managed to get through security and check in and onto a Delta flight from Minnesota to Nevada this week. It wasn't until just before landing that the flight attendants thought something seemed fishy and called authorities.

    It was clearly well thought out.

    He had been there at least the day before as well, stealing a suitcase from baggage claim and then sitting in an airport restaurant eating. He asked the server to watch "his" bag so he could go to the restroom and then slipped out, leaving the stolen bag and without paying for his meal.

    And he was sly enough to make himself appear part of a family at least at one point in his 'journey,' probably further delaying suspicions being aroused.

    It makes how we can end up with unidentified people so clear - a nine year old, on two school days, managed to not only not be at school, but roam around the city (on public transportation several times) without arousing suspicions, and got himself on a flight across the country, all without ever being reported missing.

    A missing child report was never filed on the boy at any time during last week the Minneapolis police department told the Daily News Sunday. They say they were only made aware of the boy's situation following contact by the Las Vegas police department after his arrival.
    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz2gycDvgGu


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1477715

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    I think it's a good bet mom and pop are going to have their hands full with this one. Although I have to question as to where the **** his parents are, considering no missing report was filed on him.
    Just my opinion

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    Wonder if he was having a 'big adventure'
    or if he was traveling to Las Vegas hoping to live with or visit someone - friend or relative there.

    His trick for cadging a restaurant meal at the airport was pretty slick for a 9 y/o.

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    I read this article earlier and found it amazing that he got as far as he did. Quite the little con artist.
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    Wow! This is really interesting to me. So, he took the light rail there two days in a row...I could see someone getting away with that since you buy your ticket at a kiosk and there are police who just randomly ask people to show their tickets.

    So the first day he does the meal thing, then comes back the next day and gets on a plane....did he get in line behind people with kids?

    How did he get so street smart?

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    I'm afraid this kid will be labeled "bad" and that makes me sad. I hope I am wrong. I hope someone in his life can step back and see how smart he is.

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    This kid is a genius. I have to wonder what story he told his parents to get so far (e.g. I'm staying over at so and so's house)?

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    I hope his parents are checked out to make sure he wasn't running away from an abusive situation, just to be sure.

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    travelingbug,
    Could this be your kid? He surely has the travelingbug!

    This escapade is like something the balloon boy's dad would cook up. I am amazed at what the little travelingbugger did & hope he learns to channel his abilities in safe & lawful ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matou View Post
    This kid is a genius. I have to wonder what story he told his parents to get so far (e.g. I'm staying over at so and so's house)?
    It's really impressive just from the whole thought process standpoint. It makes me wonder if he is bored at school and gets in trouble. Well, obviously he is in trouble....
    I guess I just think that he could go on to do absolutely amazing things if someone recognises his potential and nurtures this way of thinking in a safe (and legal of course) way....but I'm worried that his potential won't be recognized and this way of thinking will be discouraged and stifled. :/



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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    I think it's a good bet mom and pop are going to have their hands full with this one. Although I have to question as to where the **** his parents are, considering no missing report was filed on him.
    Quote Originally Posted by matou View Post
    This kid is a genius. I have to wonder what story he told his parents to get so far (e.g. I'm staying over at so and so's house)?
    This is what the Daily Mail said (quoting a local MN station):

    KARE-11 reported that authorities believe the 9-year-old boy is a runaway from the Twin Cities.
    I guess that could mean that he ran away - as in this incident. But I guess I read it as meaning he's a runaway, as in maybe isn't really at home with his parents at this point.

    Though one of the articles, now I can't remember which (since admittedly I've found this intriguing and went looking for as many variations/details as I could find of this!) did say something about child protective services in Las Vegas contacting his mother.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2h0BD1swM
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    This struck me as interesting...
    Hogan says the boy is expected to return to the Twin Cities.
    I would sort of think it would be a given that he'd return...unless he really does have ties to Vegas, which would perhaps explain this more. If there's family there or he previously lived there or something that could shed some light on things.

    Otherwise, I wonder what his plan was?

    Did he just happen to get on that plane to Vegas? Did he go to the airport the day before and just pick one that left at a 'convenient' time (or to a place he saw families traveling - though Orlando would probably have been the REAL one to try to get away with this on!)? Or did he think it just sounded like a fun destination?

    I mean, why Vegas and not New York, or Los Angeles, etc. If I were a kid, and when I were a kid, a whole lot of other places would have appealed more to me over LV. That makes me think he's got some connection there perhaps?

    http://www.kare11.com/news/article/1...pnews|bc|large

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    Quote Originally Posted by al66pine View Post
    Wonder if he was having a 'big adventure'
    or if he was traveling to Las Vegas hoping to live with or visit someone - friend or relative there.

    His trick for cadging a restaurant meal at the airport was pretty slick for a 9 y/o.
    NO kidding!

    He has got to be either very bright, very creative, or just very sneaky! (Or, heck, maybe a mix of the three)

    I really do wonder where he hatched that whole aspect of it - the prior day's visit. I mean, did he just not think he could pull it off that day? Or was it really just "recon" or something??

    And did he plan all along to do the suitcase/meal thing? Or did he think the suitcase would make him look like he belonged there and not arouse suspicion? If so, that's a lot of foresight for a 9 year old, IMO.

    Did he do it all just so he could get a meal that day? But then is that a scheme he does other places? I wonder what he did the day he flew. No food on Delta (or not for free) - just those Biscoff cookie things...

    If he's really on his own to a large extent, food might be an issue? But really, coming up with the suitcase/eat/run ploy is quite something. Wonder if he had been mentored by someone in some scheming ways?

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    Quote Originally Posted by looneymama View Post
    Wow! This is really interesting to me. So, he took the light rail there two days in a row...I could see someone getting away with that since you buy your ticket at a kiosk and there are police who just randomly ask people to show their tickets.

    So the first day he does the meal thing, then comes back the next day and gets on a plane....did he get in line behind people with kids?

    How did he get so street smart?

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    I REALLY want to know more about this kid (and his background) - the whole thing has me so intrigued!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noZme View Post
    travelingbug,
    Could this be your kid? He surely has the travelingbug!

    This escapade is like something the balloon boy's dad would cook up. I am amazed at what the little travelingbugger did & hope he learns to channel his abilities in safe & lawful ways.


    Oh my goodness that totally cracked me up! I didn't even think of that with my 'hat'!

    I'm thinking the TSA and airlines should 'hire' him to help plug the apparent holes in the security system!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by looneymama View Post
    It's really impressive just from the whole thought process standpoint. It makes me wonder if he is bored at school and gets in trouble. Well, obviously he is in trouble....
    I guess I just think that he could go on to do absolutely amazing things if someone recognises his potential and nurtures this way of thinking in a safe (and legal of course) way....but I'm worried that his potential won't be recognized and this way of thinking will be discouraged and stifled. :/



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    It seems like there is just NO way that he's not done something at least semi outside of the box prior to this.

    I'm a little shocked that no teacher or neighbor or shopkeeper or something has theorized that they might know who this is, because it's just too thorough and thought through to have been his first 'plan' like this (not that I think he's been criss-crossing the country on planes, but...something beyond what typical kids would even contemplate!)

    Then again, maybe we just need to find the place they might be guessing they know which of their former students (or whatever) they think it could be! Ha!

    Really though, I do hope his 'skills' get channeled the right way. He could do a lot of good with a brain like he's clearly got...but he also could do incredible, incredible harm (and probably get away with it) if it isn't.

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