British Security is being questioned, on the eve of the Olympics, after an 11-year old boy flew from Manchester to Rome without a passport, ticket or boarding pass.
Reuters quotes Manchester Airport Spokesman John Greenway saying the initial investigation shows the boy had passed through border controls and ticket checks without any documentation just by staying close to families. Apparently some passengers got suspicious and raised concerns mid-way through the flight. Sky News reports Liam Corcoran got away from his mother while they were out shopping in nearby Wythenshawe. He apparently then took a bus to the airport, about 3 miles away.
The airport insists the boy was not a security risk. Manchester Airport's Director of Communications says, "He did go through full security screening. So he didn't present a threat to himself, to other passengers, to the aircraft."
British Transport Secretary Justine Greening is demanding a full report. She tells Sky TV , "We place an incredibly high premium on making sure that security checks are being done and obviously I'll be very keen to understand exactly what happened in that case."
Airport spokesman Greenway says the airport hasn't had to increase security to the level of the international airports around London that will see the most Olympic travellers, "But it's the busy summer period for us so there will be additional security staff on anyway."
The boy was escorted back to Manchester on the same plane and reunited with his parents last night.