Sydney Airport. Credit: PA
SYDNEY: A 12-year-old Australian boy has been returned safely home after stealing his mum’s credit card and booking flights to Indonesia.
He spent five days in luxury in a four-star hotel before being returned to home.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stole the card after getting into a row with his mum. This prompted him to steal his mum’s card, research which airlines would allow him to fly unaccompanied without permission from his parents, and book himself a flight.
Once there he told the hotel that his sister was coming but he had come to check in early and spent several days living in luxury at the All Seasons Hotel in Denpasar.
Meanwhile, back at home his parents had filed a missing person’s report after he didn’t show up for school.
His mother told Australian TV show A Current Affair that she was ‘shocked’ and ‘disgusted’, adding: “There is no emotion to explain how we felt when we found he had left for overseas.”
Questions are being asked about how he managed to buy the flights, board a connecting flight from Sydney to Perth, then another flight to Denpasar without being checked as a lone 12 year old travelling across continents.
To be fair, he appears to have been pretty clever about it. He used the self-service check-in for his internal flight, but even he was shocked that he wasn’t checked.
He said: “They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school.”
Once he landed in Indonesia he managed to navigate his way from airport to hotel by hiring a bicycle before he successfully blagged his way into the luxury hotel.
You’ve got to admire the kid’s nerve at the very least.