Schoolboy evades airport security and flies alone

Jet2 plane on runway
Liam Corcoran was discovered on a Jet2 flight to Rome Photo: PA

A major investigation is under way after a schoolboy evaded five security checks at Manchester Airport to sneak onto a flight to Rome.

The eleven year old was only found on the Jet 2 flight after passengers became concerned.

Apparently Liam Corcoran had run away from his mother while out shopping in Wythenshawe.

Airline officials in Italy put him on a return flight back to Manchester.

The jet’s captain was only alerted to the extra passenger when holidaymakers became concerned as the flight headed to Italy yesterday afternoon.

It is understood Liam followed a family when he got to Terminal 1.

Now a full-scale investigation has been mounted by Manchester Airport and Jet2.com into how the boy managed to evade so many security checks and still end up in Italy.

Deserted Jet2 check-in at Manchester Airport this morning
Deserted Jet2 check-in at Manchester Airport this morning Credit: Ashley Derricott

It is understood five members of staff working for Jet2.com have been suspended from duty while the investigation takes place.

On Tuesday an 11 year old boy cleared security at Manchester Airport, without the necessary paperwork but had been through a full security search.

The boy then boarded our flight bound for Rome. We have launched a full investigation into what is a serious incident, and the staff involved have been suspended pending the outcome.

The boy has been returned safely to his family.”

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Transport Secretary Justine Greening Credit: PA

Transport Secretary Justine Greening has spoken about the security breach.

Speaking on BBC News 24 today, she said: "This is an unusual and serious breach and we are keen to find out what has gone on."