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Stowaway 9 Yr Old Boy Flies WN-twice!  
User currently offlineChicagoFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 272 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9424 times:

Synopsis: an enterprising 9-yr old lives in Seatlle. Misses grandfather in Dallas. He finds a way to get to San Antonio by sneaking onto a couple of Southwest planes, but he is apprehended short of destination. (Clearly a victim of Wright Amendment restrictions--else he'd be able to have gone nonstop!)

Bonus info--at his mature age he apparently is an expert car thief and driver, having learned that through Playstation.

Hat tip to fark.com.

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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9378 times:

This kids future looks real bright. Add one more to the current prison population. The mother should be locked up too.

User currently offlineChicagoFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9291 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 1):
This kids future looks real bright. Add one more to the current prison population. The mother should be locked up too.

Sadly, I have to agree. BTW here's a more detailed article with the picture of the little rascal.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/6326838p-5515246c.html

Quote:
Earlier, Sakinah Booker told police that she needed help with her son, and when they found him, they should take him to Remann Hall juvenile jail in Tacoma.
“I told (the officer), don’t bring him back home. … It’s too much,” she said.

The little moral issues aside, there are still the details on how the boy snuck on the planes, and how he was discovered. I wonder if there's any Southwest insiders who can shed light on the case--apparently the police already were waiting when the 2nd flight landed.


User currently offlineWingnut135 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9276 times:

I particularly like how mom blamed his crimes on playstation and not a lack of parenting. Good call!

Wingnut



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User currently offlineSkyexRamper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9237 times:

Yet another point for TSA! The kid just happened to find a boarding pass for that flight on that day? mmmm....little kid going through security alone...mmm....that's a huge red flag right there.

[Edited 2007-01-17 22:15:05]

User currently offlineMohavewolfpup From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9207 times:

he's clearly a terrorist, anyone onboard has to worry if he isn't potty trained and sits next to you.......

get the kid better parents and feed his parents to the sharks. he didn't lick the behavior off the ground...


User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3526 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 9186 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 1):
This kids future looks real bright. Add one more to the current prison population. The mother should be locked up too.

Actually, he's probably a pretty smart kid. One must have good street-smarts and motor skills to drive a car 90mph to elude police at the age of eleven, not to mention somehow making it through security and onto TWO airplanes without paying for anything.

Probably not a good sense of right and wrong, but theres probably a lot of potential...



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User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1381 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 9059 times:
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Quoting Wingnut135 (Reply 3):
I particularly like how mom blamed his crimes on playstation and not a lack of parenting. Good call!

Well, maybe he did learn it from the Playstation. However, who brought him them games? The parent perhaps?

Well then again, looking at his record, he may have just stolen them.

Kev.



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 9001 times:

Quoting Planespotting (Reply 6):
Actually, he's probably a pretty smart kid

That is the saddest part. With proper parenting he would have had a bright future.


User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8908 times:

Yeah but if you read the article in the Seattle PI, he was freaked out by a neighbor who was a convicted child molester and wanted to go home to Texas where he knew he was safe.


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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8888 times:
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Quoting Planespotting (Reply 6):
Actually, he's probably a pretty smart kid. One must have good street-smarts and motor skills to drive a car 90mph to elude police at the age of eleven,

And he's only 9.
I hit something else about him on the head, too, after hearing about this.



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8841 times:

Quoting AirlineBrat (Reply 9):
Yeah but if you read the article in the Seattle PI, he was freaked out by a neighbor who was a convicted child molester and wanted to go home to Texas where he knew he was safe.

That is probably the reason he is stealing cars and running from police.  Yeah sure


User currently offlineAirlineBrat From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8792 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 11):
That is probably the reason he is stealing cars and running from police.

Yeah, you're probably right. Aren't there several video games out on the market that are about stealing cars and evading cops. Like Grand Theft Auto etc etc......



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21500 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 8600 times:

In this situation, it sounds like the Mom has been asking for help and nobody is giving her any. She has a kid that is out of control (nothing in the report says her other three sons are like this) and part of me feels bad for her, really. I usually am one to say parents are largely to blame, but sometimes you just get a kid who's wired in a weird way...


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User currently offlineBrandonb From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8529 times:

Guys leave the kid alone. He can't help it that he is smart enough to get through those SWA looneys and knows how to jack a car.

[Edited 2007-01-18 02:43:02]

User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8461 times:
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Anyone find this oddly funny? Imagine if it was in an Adam Sandler movie.


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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21500 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8437 times:

Quoting YYZatcboy (Reply 15):
Anyone find this oddly funny? Imagine if it was in an Adam Sandler movie.

Why imagine that when you can already rent a movie about 2 kids who steal cars. Granted, they are 12, not 9, but...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092655/



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User currently offlineNWDC10 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8200 times:

TSA just looks the other way. Smart kid though to "out smart" the TSA. Robert NWDC10

User currently offline707lvr From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 583 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8148 times:

No father in picture. No father in picture. Four sons. Were any of you guys ever 11 years old for pete's sake!? Who's supposed to have taught this young man just how you're supposed to get out of an intolerable situation like that (in Seattle fergodssakes with the most gawdawful weather in a generation and wrecked cars everywhere and no school and nobody working and on and on,) without resorting to a crime wave?! I would have been tough as all getout on him except for one thing: all he wants to do is get to Dallas so he can be with his grandpa. Thankfully, he has one.

Also, when he finishes with the Law, and the local prosecutor has indicated he won't file charges if the kid doesn't come back which I think is completely 19th century and oddly appropriate here, then maybe he'll call up the Prince of Sweden and give him a few tips on how to befuddle and overcome American Government Employee Security with ease. Just a thought.


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8102 times:

The boy clearly needs a father figure. He should be remanded to his grandfather's custody. His mother has demonstrated an inability to cope.

User currently offlineElectech6299 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 616 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8047 times:

Quoting NWDC10 (Reply 17):
TSA just looks the other way. Smart kid though to "out smart" the TSA

I doubt he did anything suspicious to the TSA. Kids fly all the time, he might have even said he was with another family in the other line if asked. He had the boarding pass for the first flight, and woudn't need to go through security for the second. I wonder if he booked his first flight online with his mom's credit card? That's why his mom would be listed on the flight. There's an identity theft issue either way.

BTW, Grant Theft Auto is rated "M"- Mature. My kids are forbidden to go to houses that have "M" games, and I won't even let them play "T" games. (My oldest is 11)

I doubt his mom didn't know he had violent games. And then she kept getting him out of jail. If she wanted help, she wasn't trying very hard to get it, she was probably just living in wishful thinking that this would blow over when she moved back to Dallas.

Blew the engine on an off-ramp. Wonder if he was driving stick? Or just had the automatic tranny in low gear? Not a very accomplished driver- maybe he'll pick up some tips in jail. No engine should blow after only going 90mph.



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User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8022 times:

Quoting Electech6299 (Reply 20):
No engine should blow after only going 90mph.

... unless it was an American car. I doubt he was driving a Soviet car, as I don't think anyone's ever found a way to get one up to 90mph (145kph) and they are rarer than hens' teeth in the States.


User currently offlineCopaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8017 times:

That kids a little bad ass. Jesus. Stealing 3 cars by the 4th grade? He could rap about that sort of thing. Smart kid too, but I don't think he can keep his nose clean.

-Copa


User currently offlineElectech6299 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 616 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8011 times:

Quoting 707lvr (Reply 18):
No father in picture. No father in picture. Four sons. Were any of you guys ever 11 years old for pete's sake!? Who's supposed to have taught this young man just how you're supposed to get out of an intolerable situation like that

Hmmm.. I had no father in picture at 11, living in inner city violence, and somehow I managed not to have a crime spree. (The violence on the Atari 2600 wasn't nearly as bad...  Wink

Also, my mom made it clear that if we went to jail, she'd show up for the court date, and no sooner, and wasn't gonna hire a lawyer. My older brother learned it the hard way. When you realize that you can't get away with everything, somehow a kid find ways to make a living inside the parameters. The sad thing is that so many adults in this world never had parameters to limit them, and still think that they can do whatever they want. The concept of a limit is crucial to maturity...

Hopefully the mother is going to understand the need for setting limits in this child's life. (I doubt she'll lose custody of the kid yet- but she may choose to send him to his Grandpa voluntarily.) I wonder if he's been blacklisted from SWA? That'd be a shame... he's already proven he can fly as an unaccompanied minor without any trouble!



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User currently offlineElectech6299 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 616 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 8008 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 21):
... unless it was an American car.

Hey, I drive a low-end base model Chevy, and it's seen over 100 without a hiccup! (I wouldn't go against a Honda or VW racer with it, it's more fun laughing at them for wasting their money...)



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25 Post contains images TinkerBelle : Not really, they are not the smartest people in the world. Seriously, you gotta admit the kid is pretty smart. Too bad he's using his brains the wron
26 Lamedianaranja : Lots of kids end up all right with one parent. It's also the quality of the upbringing, not only the quantity that counts. Rules, strictness and lots
27 Electech6299 : I dunno, he got on the wrong plane in PHX, he might have just as easily gotten on the wrong non-stop. Everyone keeps praising this kid for being smar
28 Post contains images Pilotaydin : this is just one case out of millions...why are people so shocked, do all of you live in such a perfect organized community yourselves? I love how som
29 Zvezda : Telling a child "Do what [your other parent] tells you." is much more compelling than "Do what I tell you." A child can turn it around and respond to
30 Post contains images GrandTheftAero : All kids who play Grand Theft Auto grow up to be gansters... just like all kids who play Dance Dance Revolution grow up to be Kevin Federline
31 Post contains images Zvezda : It seems that one A.netter almost grew up to be GrandTheftAuto. [Edited 2007-01-18 15:08:49]
32 Post contains images WN230 : Bulls**t, I play the game and haven't once thought of becoming a gangster, its just not the way to go in life. The way to go is to become a pilot. WN
33 Zvezda : I have a friend who during the cold war was employed by his government to steal a military aircraft. Years later, his pilot's license was revoked for
34 LTBEWR : This incident raises a lot of questions as to how it could happen. What was he using for ID, and worse, why didn't anybody ask for it and match it to
35 Post contains images Riyadhnurse : Sad that this kid is so "lost" at this young age.Hopefully this latest escapade will help this wayward family into good counseling and a chance to tur
36 Bond007 : If he does it 6 more times he'll get a free roundtrip ticket! ... oh the perks of a frequent stowaway program. Jimbo
37 Zvezda : ID is not required for children under 16 years of age -- unless they are on the No Fly List.
38 WN230 : I meant what I said at the end of my quote to be interpreted in a good way. I meant to say become a pilot and to do it for good. Sorry if i sounded s
39 Post contains images YVRFlyer : Nah... I say, if you wanna be the ultimate *G*, go into politics! Theft, murder, and mayhem isn't just legal, it's paid for by the taxpayers too. Les
40 TVNWZ : Future Sec. of Transportation is my bet.
41 Smashme33 : Think about those extra security fees on your plane tickets...airport security is not really better, just more aggravating. It just goes to show that
42 Sacamojus : As a former substitute teacher, I have been in many self contained classes with boys just like him.(many were on probation for theft and battery) It i
43 Zvezda : One of the important lessons of childhood is that actions have predictable (and sometimes harsh) consequences. A child who hasn't learned this from h
44 Post contains images Smashme33 : I should try this stowaway program on my next few flights to Detroit to boost my Worldperks account! Free domestic ticket here I come! Or should I ta
45 Post contains images IAHFLYR : Which lends itself to yet further guestions.......no ID, then the kid must have been under 16 according the the above, how did he get through our gau
46 DSMflyer : Have they sold the movie rights for this yet?
47 FLY2LIM : As the parent of two kids under sixteen, the "security" screeners at airports have often chided me for actually showing ID for my kids, stating that
48 Flyorski : No kidding, hope he wakes up to utilize it. No kidding, a kid who can accomplish all this at this age, could start a gang when he's a little older if
49 AirTranTUS : Then how does one verify that a minor is who they are? Are parents supposed to accompany them to the checkpoint? IMO, what the person checking ID's s
50 NASCARAirforce : My dog could outsmart the TSA.
51 Zvezda : Children aged 12 and above are allowed to travel alone. It is quite common for 10 and 11 year-olds to say that they are 12 when travelling alone or w
52 AirTranTUS : And nobody bothers to check what they are saying is true? Granted cases where it is not true are rare, but still.
53 Zvezda : Who cares? Any child who manages to check in without adult supervision is old enough to travel without adult supervision. I expect it's common. Paren
54 747hogg : IMO Anyone who defrauds an airline should be hung at daylight! Flying without paying is like making love without kissing! Ohh the Humanity!
55 Srbmod : This thread has gone way off topic. If you want to discuss the ills of society, do it in Non-Av.
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