People are wondering how this could have happened because of the checkpoints and gate agents along the way. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 may travel alone as part of the unaccompanied minor program. Someone from Delta pays special attention to the children, walks them on board, shows them their seats and even introduces them to the cockpit crew.
Officials at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport say the boy sneaked into the airport last Thursday and got on Delta Flight 1651 that was headed to Las Vegas.
Officials are reviewing airport footage and investigating how this could have happened in this day of tight security. Pat Hogan, a spokesperson for the airport says this incident wasn't the result of an airport shortcoming. He said it wasn't an airport issue, but it was a Delta and TSA issue.
Delta released a statement saying, "We are investigating the incident and cooperating with the agencies involved."
The boy is believed to be a runaway from the Twin Cities area, and it might not be the boy's first time at the airport.
"The story has a good ending because at least the flight crew took the appropriate actions and the child was returned safely. Obviously the concern is how the child was able to go through the security screening process and board an airplane in the first place."
Crew members became suspicious of the boy during the flight and contacted the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Officers took him into custody when the plane landed.
It's really unclear why the boy was going to Las Vegas.