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25 July 2012, 07:27 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
An 11-year-old boy took a flight to Rome on his own from Manchester Airport without a passport or boarding pass.
Liam Corcoran passed through security without being checked, before making his way on to the Jet2.com flight yesterday.
He'd run away from his mum who was shopping in Wythenshawe Civic Centre yesterday.
A Manchester Airport spokesman said: "This extremely serious matter is now being urgently investigated by officials from the airport and airline.
"It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate.
"The boy went through full security screening so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised.
"We are now making preparations to ensure that his return to the UK is handled sensitively to avoid any distress.''