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7yo runs away, gets to airport and boards flight

There comes a time in many a child’s life when they feel the urge to assert their independence and ‘run away’. This kid just did it better.

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I wasn’t allowed to cross the street by myself as a child, so when the time came for my parents and I to call it quits (I was six or thereabouts), I moved in under the formal dining table where I slowly ate my way through my stash of dried mango and raspberry tartlets.


Putting me to shame is a seven year old who not only slipped away from her parents near Geneva’s central railway station, but also managed to jump on a train to Geneva airport, navigate airport security and successfully board a plane - all without a ticket, Reuters reported.


According to an airport spokesperson, the parents of the young girl alerted Swiss police who were able to track her down via the airport’s surveillance systems.


After making her way through security, reportedly passing herself off as the child of nearby parents, the young girl used her small stature to pass through the departure gate relatively unnoticed and managed to board a plane.


It was at this point that she was spotted by an official and handed over to the authorities.


The airport said in a statement it would tighten safety rules and boarding procedures as a result of what it called a “highly regrettable incident”.


“This should never have happened,” its spokesperson said.


But I think the wily little one either has a career in travel or crime. I’m hoping for the former.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 1 November 2017

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