ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46)- Officials are investigating after an 11-year-old boy managed to get past security and all the way to a gate at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Atlanta Police say a Delta Air Lines employee claimed an unaccompanied child tried to board one of their planes without a boarding pass.
A spokesperson for the Transportation Security Administration says this was not a breach, that the boy was screened at security and that an agent asked where his parents were.
It is unknown if the boy just slipped away when agents weren't looking and headed on to the gate.
It was an employee from Delta who alerted police when the boy tried to board the plane.
CBS46 talked with Brent C. Brown, Chairman & CEO of Chesley Brown International, a leading security expert about the situation and he says someone definitely dropped the ball.
"Where's the ticket? Where's the parents? This is a horrendous breach of security, no doubt about it," says Brown. "Protocol is you have to show ID and a ticket for that day flying to go through the screening process. In this particular case, with the 11-year-old, they may not have ID, but they're going to have a valid ID with a parent they're traveling with."
CBS46 spoke to a security expert to get their take on the incident.
"That sounds like we still have a lot of problems, if a child can get through security and get to a plane, and board a plane with all of things you have to ask yourself, where's the ticket? where's the parent? this is a horrendous breach of security, no doubt about it," said Brent C. Brown, Chairman & CEO, ChesleyBrown Intl.
Officers spoke to the by to make an effort to locate his family. The state Department of Family and Children’s Services was notified.
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