A 12-year old Australian boy flew all the way to Bali, Indonesia for a holiday, much to the chagrin of his mother who was beside herself at the ease with which his underage son was able to get through airport officials and fly himself to the Southeast Asian country.
According to a published report, the mother named Emma had already told her son that they were not going to push through with a holiday in Bali. However, his son did not take no for an answer and proceeded to take the family’s credit cards, cajole his grandmother into giving him his passport and then, research airlines that flew all the way to Denpasar, Bali.
Then, he packed up, made an excuse that he was heading to school and made the trip to Bali. The 12-year old made use of the self-service check-outs at Sydney Airport that allowed him to elude any interaction with airline personnel until he was physically giving them his ticket.
After a stopover in Perth, the youngster finally arrived in Bali and booked himself at the All Seasons Hotel, after telling the hotel staff that he was waiting for his sister and that he was just checking in ahead of her.
The ease at which the young man managed to get from New South Wales to Bali has left Emma “shocked and disgusted.”
In fact, the 12-year old did not encounter any resistance whatsoever upon landing in Perth.
“They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school,” the boy was quoted as saying.
The situation has had a severe impact on Emma, who said, “There’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found out that he’d left overseas.”
In spite of all the fuss the situation has caused and the apparent trouble the kid now finds himself in with his family, he reportedly did not regret a single moment of it, saying, “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”
Australian airlines permit children aged 12 years and over to travel by themselves without a letter from a parent or guardian.