A boy of 11 who flew to Rome alone after walking unchallenged through airport security told The Sun last night: “No one asked me for anything.”
Little Liam Corcoran-Fort, who had no passport or boarding pass, said he climbed on a Jet2 plane looking for a loo after slipping away from his mum outside Manchester Airport.
Russell Craig, head of communications at Manchester Airport, said:
"We are certainly not proud about what has happened, and that is why we and the airline are doing an investigation."
"We have to get to the bottom of it," he added.
– Justine Greening, Transport Secretary speaking to BBC News 24
This is an unusual and serious breach and we are keen to find out what has gone on.
The 11-year-old boy who flew to Rome by himself without security checks made his own way to Manchester Airport, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Liam Corcoran had run away from his mother during a shopping trip at Wythenshawe Civic Centre and then followed a family at Terminal 1. He was scanned by security staff, but his lack of documents was not noticed.
Liam passed through a gate where he was not required to show a passport or boarding pass, and made it on to Jet2.com flight LS791 to the Italian capital without being asked for a boarding pass stub by cabin crew.
An 11-year-old boy flew to Rome from Manchester Airport by himself without a passport or boarding pass.
Liam Corcoran passed through security without being checked, before making his way on to the Jet2.com flight yesterday.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: "This extremely serious matter is now being urgently investigated by officials from the airport and airline. It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate."