A 7-year-old girl ran away from home in Geneva, Switzerland and hopped on a train to the Geneva airport. She was able to pass through security and board an EasyJet flight to Corsica. EasyJet admitted that “an unaccompanied child incorrectly boarded flight EZS1305 from Geneva to Ajaccio”.
When the crew realized the incident, they reported the girl to the local authorities, but it makes you wonder how a passenger could slip past the gate agent who was boarding the aircraft. I think it’s safe to assume this girl won’t be earning any frequent flier miles as she didn’t have a ticket booked.
Per the Washington Post,
A runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks at Geneva’s airport and onto a plane without a ticket before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police, officials said Wednesday.
In the incident on Sunday, the girl, who was not identified, initially slipped away from her parents at Geneva’s main railway station and traveled by train to the airport. The girl repeatedly “took advantage of her small size” and employed a “ruse” to make it look like she was traveling with adults ahead or behind her, he said.
After a first attempt failed, she tried again and succeeded — getting aboard an easyJet flight to Corsica. Stampfli said an alert crew member from Air France, who had spotted the girl trying to board one of its flights, flagged her to the crew of the low-cost carrier which in turn alerted police.