When Liam Corcoran decided to leave his mother and run away from home whilst they were shopping at the Wythenshawe Civic Centre, little did either one of them know how much of a scenario he would create due to the course of his actions over the duration of the day.
The Wythenshawe Civic Centre where they were shopping was just a mere three miles from Manchester Airport. Liam aimlessly wandered the short distance towards the airport and continued his plans to run away from home.
During this time of year, Mancester Airport is bustling with thousands of holiday makers. The unaccompanied 11 year-old boy used this to his advantage when he arrived at terminal 1. With the abundance of people travelling that day, Liam managed to tag onto a family and go unnoticed through security.
Liam posed no direct threat to security as he did go through a full check and the metal detectors didn’t sound any alarms
Liam was travelling with no passport, boarding pass or money but still managed to go unnoticed.
After having passed through security he went to the departure lounge and headed to one of the gates where passengers were boarding Jet2.com flight LS791 to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. He managed to bypass the security check before boarding the plane successfully.
An airport spokesman stated: "It is clear that documentation has not been checked correctly at security and the boarding gate.”
It was not until the duration of the flight that passengers became suspicious. Sarah Swayne who was one of Liam’s fellow passengers told the Manchester Evening News: "He was very talkative and seemed quite un-fazed by it all. He was just sat there chatting away about how he'd been trying to run away from home.”
"He seemed quite innocent really and I don't think it had sunk in how serious the situation was."
When the cabin crew had become fully aware of the situation they alerted the captain who radioed back to Manchester Airport who then relayed the message back to Liam’s mother that her son had been found and was on the way to Rome.
When the plane landed in Rome, Liam remained on board as his fellow passengers departed in order to take the same plane back to Manchester airport. The return flight was reported to be delayed by 80 minutes due to the fact that the crew was being questioned by Italian border police.
As a result of Liam’s case, a number of staff from Jet2.com and Manchester Airport were suspended and a thorough investigation is going on to find out exactly what happened.
With security already heightened for the London Olympic Games which will commence the story has left many wondering how such a serious incident could occurred prompting a high-level security inquiry.