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WTF? Stowaway's Dad Says Son No 'Angel,' Pleads for Help With Behavior Issues (VIDEO LINK)

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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Stowaway's Dad Says Son No 'Angel,' Pleads for Help With Behavior Issues

By | ABC News Blogs - 4 hours ago

 

ABC News' Suzan Clarke and Colleen Curry report:

The father of a 9-year-old boy who stowed away on a flight from Minnesota to Las Vegas says he and his fiancée aren't bad parents, questioned how the child could have slipped past security to carry out his plan, and begged for someone to help him handle the boy's behavioral issues.

"I don't have an angel, OK. I have a 9-year-old. To me, he's got a behavior problem," the boy's father, who was not identified in order to protect his minor son's identity, said in an emotional interview Tuesday on WCCO-TV, a CBS News affiliate.

The man said he has been seeking help for his son's behavioral problems since the boy was 5 years old.

"I don't know what to do. I love my son; I'm not giving up on my son. He's just confused. So can anyone please help me? Please," the man said.

Las Vegas Stowaway, 9, Cased Airport Security Ahead of Time

The boy's father said he didn't understand how the boy got onto the Las Vegas-bound Delta flight Thursday at Minnneapolis International Airport.

"You got so much security check at these airports. How can you let a 9-year-old sneak past security, get on the plane without anyone stopping him, questioning him or anything?" he said.

The man said his son left the house on Oct. 1 to take out the trash and didn't come back.

"We didn't think nothing of it," he said. "We thought he was at a friend's house."

When the child didn't come home the next morning, the family called police and learned the boy was in Las Vegas, he said.

Officials said no one noticed when the boy boarded a Las Vegas-bound Delta flight on Thursday at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. His mother reportedly works at the airport.

The boy, who has previously been stopped for stealing a car and repeatedly slipping into a water park, apparently had carefully planned his trip in advance.

According to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which obtained new details about the boy's trip from an email that was sent to Hennepin County officials, the boy went to the airport on Oct. 2, one day before he boarded the flight, to conduct a "reconnaissance trip." He reportedly took a piece of luggage from the bag claim area, ate at an airport restaurant, and left the bag at the restaurant without paying, the newspaper reported.

The following day, the boy reportedly waited until a large family was going through a TSA security checkpoint and pretended to be part of that family. He was then seen on surveillance video talking to a gate agent, waiting until the agent was distracted, and then walking down the ramp to the plane by himself.

Once the plane took off, airline staff realized that the boy's name was not on a list of unaccompanied minors for the flight, and police met the plane at its destination. They took the boy into custody, at which point he became "violent" and was hospitalized, according to the email.

WCCO reported that the boy was on his way back to Minnesota, and added that the child's father will be getting help for his son from Mad Dads, an organization that promotes positive images of fathers and engages in community and youth outreach.

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Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

 airplane

aandt1999
by Platinum Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

This line was a little crazy-

"When the child didn't come home the next morning, the family called police and learned the boy was in Las Vegas, he said."

Going to "play" at a friend's house is one thing, but they didn't do anything until the next day?! He is 9 not 17! They just assumed he spent the night and that was ok? 

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

 blank stare

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM
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 LOL, I just went in and highlighted that line.  Yeah, I know right? 

Quoting aandt1999:

This line was a little crazy-

"When the child didn't come home the next morning, the family called police and learned the boy was in Las Vegas, he said."

Going to "play" at a friend's house is one thing, but they didn't do anything until the next day?! He is 9 not 17! They just assumed he spent the night and that was ok? 

 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

The dad is a moron.  The fact he had no clue where his 9 year old was and he didn't check to see where he was shows why this boy has so many issues.  Neglected kids will find a way to get attention.  Poor little guy.  I hope he isn't returned to his parents and is placed in a loving home where he will get the help he needs.  

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM
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Who just assumes their 9 year old went to a friends house randomly when taking out the trash? The dad really has no room to talk about the airport security.

MicheleJM
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Am I a bad person that I'd like to take lessons from this kid on  sneaking into waterparks and onto flights?  LOL...ds10 can be sneaky but this kid takes the cake.  I will never EVER complain about ds10 again.  But I don't get the dad either.  Ds10 and Ds13 walk home from school...if neither one is home on time I start combing the neighborhood...


Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:28 PM

 tsk tsk

Lunarprancer
by Betsy on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM

 bump

BEXi
by BEXi on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Theyre lazy neglectful parents. Assuming your sons staying at a friends house without the child saying anything is ridiculously irresponsible
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