TSA Is No Match for Crafty 9-Year-Old Boy Flying to Vegas Without Ticket

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The TSA vaguely blamed the government shutdown for its oversight in allowing a 9-year-old boy without a ticket onto a Vegas-bound plane in Minneapolis. But it said "the child was screened along with all other passengers," so clearly the shutdown is a poor excuse. More likely: This kid is exceptionally crafty. Consider this trick: "He grabbed a bag from the carousel and ordered lunch at a restaurant outside of the security checkpoints, Hogan said. He ate and then told the server he had to use the bathroom, left the bag and never returned to pay."