Boy flies to Rome without passport

2012-07-26 12:10

A security lapse in which an 11-year-old boy managed to evade several security checks at Manchester Airport, has been described as an ‘extremely serious matter,' The Daily Mail reports. 

Liam Corcoran was allowed to pass through five security checks before making his way on to a flight earlier this week. The youngster is thought to have passed through security in Terminal 1 after 'tail-gating' a family of holiday makers.

"It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate," a spokesperson for the airport said.

"The boy went through full security screening so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised. We are now making preparations to ensure that his return to the UK is handled sensitively to avoid any distress," he added. 

Liam had slipped away from his mother during a shopping trip at Wythenshawe Civic Centre and made his own way to the airport, according to the Manchester Evening News. 

His unsolicited presence on the flight was only noticed when a few concerned passengers picked up on the fact that the minor was unaccompanied and alerted the cabin crew. 

The crew alerted the captain who radioed back to Manchester, after which local police notified Liam's anxious mother that her son was safe and well, but on his way to Rome!


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
SHARE: publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside Travel


#FindYourEscape with Traveller24

Your insider guide to exploring South Africa and the world...
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.