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Runaway boy, 11, beat security to fly to Rome

By Neil Lancefield

An 11-year-old boy took a flight to Rome on his own from Manchester Airport without a passport or boarding pass, it has been revealed.

Liam Corcoran passed through security without being checked, before making his way on to the flight on Tuesday.

Liam had run away from his mother during a shopping trip at Wythenshawe Civic Centre and made his own way to the airport.

He is believed to have followed a family at Terminal 1 and was scanned by security staff, but his lack of documents was not noticed.

The youngster passed through a gate where he was not required to show a passport or boarding pass, and made it on to flight LS791 to the Italian capital without being asked for a boarding pass stub by cabin crew.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said that once passengers became aware that the boy was on his own, airline staff were alerted and the plane's captain informed the authorities.

He said the boy remained on board after landing at Rome Fiumicino Airport, and returned to Manchester on the same plane, where he was met by his mother at around 9pm last night.

Staff from Manchester Airport and have been suspended while the investigation takes place.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate.

“The boy went through full security screening so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised.”

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