After ditching her parents at a rail station and making her way to the airport where she boarded a flight, the Swiss child’s ambitious getaway plans were foiled at the last possible moment.
A small child in Switzerland proved to be quite a savvy traveler when she decided to run away from her parents on Sunday. The seven-year-old not only managed to get herself to Geneva Airport (GVA) by rail – she also managed to navigate through airport security checkpoints and bluff her way on to a flight, all without a boarding pass.
The junior James Bond employed Hollywood movie-caliber spycraft from the moment she slipped away from her parents at Geneva Cornavin Train Station. Once on the run, the young girl hopped an airport-line train for one stop to (GVA) where she eluded security measures by standing close to strangers so that she did not appear to be an unaccompanied minor. The bright-eyed runaway employed a similar technique in two attempts to board outbound flights.
According to airport officials, she first attempted to follow a crew onboard a flight, but this plan was stymied when she was challenged by an alert gate agent. Unfortunately, the pint-sized, would-be stowaway had a contingency plan already in place. The mischievous escape artist simply pretended to look for her parents before expertly melting into a nearby crowd.
Her second attempt to jet-away-from-home was marginally more successful. She reportedly made it all the way to the cabin of the aircraft before a crew member became suspicious and alerted authorities.
In a statement to reporters, airport officials called the incident “highly regrettable.” The girl’s bizarre airport adventure is a significant embarrassment for the highly secure facility that operates across an international border with passengers able to enter and exit the airport form either France or Switzerland. “This should never have happened,” a GVA spokesperson told Reuters.