The 9-year-old boy who stowed away on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas on Thursday passed through three security checkpoints at the airport without a boarding pass or identification, officials and an airline expert said Sunday.

The boy got through the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) checkpoint, past a Delta gate agent and didn’t get scrutinized by flight attendants before the plane took off, said Terry Trippler, owner of


“The kid’s smart,” Trippler said. “I’m going to give them [the TSA agent] a little break. 


The boy, who has not been identified, actually went to the airport both Wednesday and Thursday via light-rail, Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan said Sunday.

On Wednesday, he took a bag off the baggage carousel, went through TSA security and had lunch at a restaurant in the area that leads to the concourses. The boy told waitstaff at the restaurant that he had to use the restroom. Since there isn’t a restroom in the restaurant, the boy had to enter one of the concourses. He left the bag and his lunch bill behind and never returned, Hogan said.

The bag belonged to an arriving passenger. When the passenger arrived, airport personnel were waiting for him and returned the bag to him. The passenger went through the bag and reported that nothing was missing.

On Thursday, the boy was seen on surveillance video talking to a Delta agent at the flight gate, Hogan said. When that agent was busy, the boy walked down the jetway and onto the plane.

This little guy wins our first ever Precociously Intrepid Award. Way to go, kid! 

[Please note: Atlas Obscura does not encourage such behavior, but we may applaud should you pull it off.]


Photos from the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

This walk was special because the museum opened its doors to a group of us before public hours.  We were allowed to freely roam around, marvel and capture the ship, jets, and their surroundings all at our own pace.  

Featured portraits of Joshua Allen Harris, Chris OzerDave Krugman, and Jonathan Suarez, respectively.