A 12-year-old boy from Sydney managed to steal his mother’s credit card and fly all the way to Bali for an impromptu vacation.
Most of us just wish we could get away from it all at one point or another, but a 12-year-old from Sydney made it happen a lot earlier than the rest of us. After an argument with his mother, he managed to steal her credit card, book a flight to Bali, and flew there completely unattended.
In an interview with A Current Affair, Drew (which is not his real name) revealed that he convinced his grandmother to give him his passport, then researched airlines that would allow him to fly unattended. Most airlines refused to allow a 12-year-old to buy tickets, but Jet Star allowed him to purchase them online. He then hopped on his razor scooter and went to the train station, then to the airport, and then finally got his boarding pass from the automated machine.
Twelve-year-old Drew isn’t the first kid to run away from his parents after a fight, but he could very well be the first who’s made it all the way to Bali. He hopped on a Jetstar flight to the holiday island after breezing through customs in Australia and Indonesia. #9ACA | FULL STORY: https://www.9now.com.au/a-current-affair/2018/extras/latest/180423/runaway-rascal/?ocid=Social-ACAPosted by A Current Affair on Monday, April 23, 2018
Drew first boarded a plane bound for Perth, and from there he hitched a ride on another all the way to Bali. He was only stopped once--in Perth--to have his identity checked. Then, authorities let the incorrigible lad continue on his way.
“They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school,” said Drew. “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”
Drew’s family had vacationed in Bali several times so he knew that’d be a great place to blow off some steam. Once there, he checked into the All Seasons hotel and told staff that he’d be meeting his sister there shortly.
Unfortunately for Drew, his school eventually called to report his absence. Things quickly unraveled from there, with mom seeing several flight tickets on her credit card for which she was able to get information from the airline. She then purchased her own tickets to collect her wayward son.
Mom is understandably a little upset with airport staff for allowing her son to get all the way to Bali without much trouble.