9-year-old sneaks on flight to Las Vegas

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Officials at the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport say a 9-year-old was somehow able to sneak through security and onto a Delta flight headed to Las Vegas 

Passengers go through multiple security stops before taking a seat on a plane. But last Thursday at MSP had some major miscues.

According to an airport spokesperson, somehow the boy snuck past security checkpoint number four, past gate agents inside and on to Delta flight 1651.

The plane left Minneapolis with the boy, a runaway, on board.

He was finally questioned and stopped in Nevada.

Airport officials said surveillance footage shows the boy likely passed through the airport without a boarding pass.

"We are investigating the incident and cooperating with the agencies involved," Delta said in a brief statement.

It was the same reaction from the TSA.

NBC spoke to one air travel expert who says this is a major lapse on many levels.

"Flight crew, then the gate agents, then TSA," Terry Trippler with theplanerules.com said.

Trippler researches the commercial air travel industry and all of its rules and regulations.

"All the expense in this to keep us safe since 911, and it has, but still we have gaping holes and this was a perfect example of it," Trippler said.

Trippler says stowaways like this are rare, especially with children.

Officials with Minneapolis-Saint Paul International said the child is in protective custody and is returning to the Twin Cities.

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