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    Runaway, 9, Sneaks on Flight to Texas

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- A 9-year-old boy with a history of stealing cars and running away sneaked onto a plane bound for Texas, getting caught after flubbing an airport connection, officials said.

    Semaj Booker apparently found a Southwest Airlines boarding card and made it through airport security Tuesday, hopping two separate flights but landing in San Antonio, Texas - short of his Dallas destination, police said.

    "The only thing I have to offer on that is that were looking into it," Southwest spokeswoman Beth Harbin said.

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    Determined young man...

    to get "home" to Texas and grandpa. 3 episodes of car theft...with mom saying not to bring him home after the second time. Wonder if he'd been in trouble before the family moved? If he doesn't have a history of this type of behavior, he has my sympathy. Even though I wanted to get "home" to Texas many times, I didn't have the gumption to go this far. All I did was whine.

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    "Booker said her son dislikes the neighborhood where the family lives and is afraid of a sex offender who lives nearby."

    That is a good reason to want to runaway.

    Holy moly! This kid is just 9 yrs old and has also stolen 3 cars, driving one over 90mph running from the police!!! Obviously this kid is extremely smart. They should let him live with his grandparents. Maybe the grandparents can straoghteen him out.

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    There is much more to this story. That kid is desparate to get away. I ask myself, from what?

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    The first thing I thought of was where the heck is our airport security?!?

    Holy cripe. They're taking fingernail clippers away from people, and this kid is sneaking onto planes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishMist
    The first thing I thought of was where the heck is our airport security?!?

    Holy cripe. They're taking fingernail clippers away from people, and this kid is sneaking onto planes?
    They probably didn't think anyone would actually try to sneak INTO Texas!

    :ducks head:

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    IrishMist is offline You can't control the wind - but you can adjust your sails
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova
    They probably didn't think anyone would actually try to sneak INTO Texas!

    :ducks head:
    Oooh... Jeana's gonna get you...

    ETA: I just noticed that the mod for this forum is none other than... wait for it...

    Texas 1.

    I'm just gonna sit here and watch.

    Poor, poor Nova.

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    Runaway, 9 Sneaks on Flight to Texas

    When I heard about that, I was floored... how in the world did he get past security when TSA has an officer, as you get in line for security, check your ID to your boarding pass. (At least they do in the 3 major airports of the DC area.)


    9 yrs. old... wow... kids seem to grow up so fast, in this day and time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova
    They probably didn't think anyone would actually try to sneak INTO Texas!

    :ducks head:

    I agree. I'd like to get out of Texas. I hope someone thoroughly checks out why this little boy is so afraid and wants to get away this much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova
    They probably didn't think anyone would actually try to sneak INTO Texas!

    :ducks head:

    Had I been drinking any type of beverage, it would have been spewed all over my monitor. That was FUNNY!

    Poor little guy. I hope that they get to the root of theh real problem.


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    I hope he gets help. He sounds like a very smart, resourceful kid. Imagine what he could do with his life if he turned himself around.

    Anybody notice that his name is James spelled backwards?

    Hey, my husband just said, "Oh, no. Now they'll ban kids from flights now because if kids can get on without questions, maybe terrorists will just start sending children through!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. E
    I hope he gets help. He sounds like a very smart, resourceful kid. Imagine what he could do with his life if he turned himself around.

    Anybody notice that his name is James spelled backwards?




    Hey, my husband just said, "Oh, no. Now they'll ban kids from flights now because if kids can get on without questions, maybe terrorists will just start sending children through!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova
    They probably didn't think anyone would actually try to sneak INTO Texas!

    :ducks head:

    Nova, you do know that Texas has the death penalty don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jubie
    Nova, you do know that Texas has the death penalty don't you?
    I follow the "Thelma and Louise" plan: always go around Texas, no matter how far you have to drive. Movies are so educational!

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    If he is so afraid of this sex offender, maybe he reason to be. I hope that this is checked into, 9 is so young to be going to such extreme measures to get away.
    Happy New Years

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