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7 year old runaway boards EasyJet plane at Geneva

"A seven-year-old girl managed to get through security and board an EasyJet flight at Geneva airport without ever showing a boarding pass or identity card, local media has reported.
According to La Tribune de Genève, the girl’s father reported her missing on October 29th at around 1.25pm in the centre of Geneva.

Police immediately launched a search in the area, and in Servette, where the girl’s mother lives, said the paper.

However it is now known that the seven-year-old boarded a train for Geneva airport and entered the French sector, passing through the customs point where officials are not always present.

More surprisingly, she then managed to pass through the security gates without showing a boarding pass.

Speaking to the paper, airport spokesman Bertrand Stämpfli said surveillance videos show that the girl was not asked for her boarding pass.

“She apparently managed to make out she was with the adults in front or behind her,” he said.

She then attempted to board a plane and, despite being turned back on trying to follow crew members, eventually managed to board by avoiding usual channels and sneaking in "through a passage only accessible to a child of that size,” said Stämpfli.

Though she managed to get on the plane she was then spotted and stopped by a staff member and finally taken in hand by police.

“It’s not about pointing the finger at one person or another in this story,” Stämpfli told the paper. “We must take collective responsibility.”

Steps have already been taken to ensure that such an incident can’t happen again, such as installing plexiglass to ensure a child can’t slip under barriers.

“We must acknowledge that the current system is efficient for adults and accompanied children but that it must take better account of the weaknesses that could let a child slip through, as this unprecedented and regrettable incident has shown,” Stämpfli said."

https://www.thelocal.ch/20171101/sev...geneva-airport

First question is why a 7 year old girl is running away from home? And second question why does she feel the need to flee the country?
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First question is why a 7 year old girl is running away from home? And second question why does she feel the need to flee the country?
Maybe the family moved here from overseas and in her child's mind she wants to go home to see Grandma or her friends or whatever she has left behind.

It does sound like a major fail on the part of multiple bodies that she was able to get that far. OK, I can see how she can melt into the surrounding adults but there wasn't one point which treated her as "an individual".
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Those questions are for the family to sort (with or without social workers). Not sure why it is relevant to the story of security.
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Old 01.11.2017, 14:46
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Those questions are for the family to sort (with or without social workers). Not sure why it is relevant to the story of security.
Yes. Negative publicity or any publicity, really, is the last thing the kid and her family need.
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Yes. Negative publicity or any publicity, really, is the last thing the kid and her family need.
Oh, I'm not sure I agree with that.

Of course, we don't know whether there is any real problem, and maybe Sandgrounder has the right idea that the child just wanted to visit Grandma.

However, when there are very serious problems, (for example if the girl was actually on the run from danger or perceived danger), then sometimes the very fact that some sort of publicity is brought to a case can be the light that finally shines on the issue, and gets things rolling towards finding a safe solution.
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Oh, I'm not sure I agree with that.

Of course, we don't know whether there is any real problem, and maybe Sandgrounder has the right idea that the child just wanted to visit Grandma.

However, when there are very serious problems, (for example if the girl was actually on the run from danger or perceived danger), then sometimes the very fact that some sort of publicity is brought to a case can be the light that finally shines on the issue, and gets things rolling towards finding a safe solution.
I said publicity. I did not say, purposely, attention of appropriate institutions that are issuing protective measures as we speak. Publicity will not do much, imho, except have negative impact. There is a whole protocol put in place to figure out, hold accountable and repair (unless it was a fluke, a kid wanting granny was a good point) - I have no doubt about it here, and it starts rolling when a kid gets reported missing. Publicity and media messing with this only make the repair part more difficult for anyone envolved. But I know what you meant and I agree with the theory of it - publicity catching those kids who might risk falling through the cracks.
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Oh, I'm not sure I agree with that.

Of course, we don't know whether there is any real problem, and maybe Sandgrounder has the right idea that the child just wanted to visit Grandma.

However, when there are very serious problems, (for example if the girl was actually on the run from danger or perceived danger), then sometimes the very fact that some sort of publicity is brought to a case can be the light that finally shines on the issue, and gets things rolling towards finding a safe solution.
I am sure. We have a child who is a potential flight risk. The last thing I need is some nosey public enquiry should something go wrong. Yes, sure discussion with case-worker and/or police, but no, the first and second questions are not relevant to any public enquiry.

How a child got on a flight without a ticket, yes for sure as that is a security risk. But that's it...
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Thanks, Carlos R and MusicChick. I can see that side of it more clearly, now, thanks to your posts.
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