UK boy says flying to Rome without ticket was ‘easier than homework’

The 11-year-old boy flew from Manchester to Rome without passport,ticket or boarding pass.

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: July 27, 2012 12:53:25 am

An 11-year-old boy,who flew from Manchester to Rome without passport,ticket or boarding pass triggering a scare ahead of the Olympics,said it was “easier than doing homework,even easier than computer games.”

Liam Corcoran-Fort — wearing a Spiderman T-shirt,tracksuit bottoms and flip-flops — got through a security screen by mingling with families passing through Terminal 1 of Manchester Airport on Tuesday.

He was discovered by co-passengers while the Jet2 flight LS791 to Rome was in mid-air.

“Getting on the plane was easier than doing my homework,” Liam told The Sun,adding,“No one asked me for anything.”

Speaking about his incredible adventure which exposed shocking lapses of security at Manchester Airport ahead of the July 27 to August 12 Olympic Games in London,he said he climbed on to the Jet2 plane looking for a loo after slipping away from his mother outside Manchester Airport.

Liam’s 29-year-old mother Mary,who thought her son had been abducted,told the tabloid that more than four hours after he vanished,police searching for the boy phoned her to say,“We’ve found your son; he’s in Rome.”

Liam said,“I didn’t have anything on me and no one asked me for anything. They smiled at me when I went through.”

The boy said he was looking for a loo and went in the toilet inside the plane but could not get out. “Then whoosh! We were going up in the sky.”

Launching an attack on the airport and airline authorities,Mary said,“All I read about is how airport security is at the highest it has ever been. I’m disgusted and I want answers.”

Transport Secretary Justine Greening was quoted as saying: “This is an unusual and serious breach and we are keen to find out what has gone on.”

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