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

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 04: A TSA agent waits for passengers to use the TSA PreCheck lane being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration at Miami International Airport on October 4, 2011 in Miami, Florida. The pilot program launched today for fliers to use the expedited security screening in Miami, Atlanta, Detroit and Dallas/Fort Worth.The lane has a metal detector rather than a full-body imaging machine and passengers will no longer no need to remove shoes, belts, light outerwear, and bags of liquids that are compliant with TSA restrictions.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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."

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Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images