Fly boy

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So, a 12-year-old kid hitches a ride on a TWA flight with no ticket, finds an empty seat in the back of the plane, flies to St. Louis, gets off the plane and, realizing that he's now woodshed-bound, phones home.

His mother is plenty perturbed and has grounded the little monster until he's at least 40, but she actually had the temerity to question the airline's security standards. After all, she reasoned, her son did manage to sneak on and off of an airplane with no questions asked. I haven't seen the kid, but I figure he's probably larger than the average bomb.

TWA, though, is having none of that. A spokesman for the airline made it very clear that what this boy did was very, very bad and that he broke several laws and that that, and only that, is what anybody should take away from this sordid little incident.

I don't know. If a class-cutting kid who wanted a joy ride on a jet plane breached my high-tech security system, I wouldn't be talking about throwing the book at the boy. I'd be asking him how he did it.

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