PERTH, Australia – A 12-year-old Australian boy has done a daring feat making international headlines: stealing his mother's credit card and flying to Bali, Indonesia, for a posh, four-day vacation before being caught 9 news reports.
As reported in the Australian program A Current Affair the boy researched online and found that he could fly alone without needing a letter from a parent at Jetstar Airways
He grabbed the credit card his mother seduced his grandmother to give him his passport, took a train to the airport and flew to Bali. "They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I'm over 12 years old and in secondary school," says the boy, who is identified only as a Drew.
He then checked into a four-star hotel. I had reserved in advance and told the shop assistant that his older sister would be with him soon, via stuff.co.nz. And there he stayed and had a good time while his panicked mother had reported him missing.
Only when the boy released a video of himself in the hotel pool, his holiday was finally over. "I was shocked and disgusted, there is no emotion to feel what we felt when we found out he had gone abroad," says Mama, via News.com.au
One reason she typed: Her son had actually tried this trick twice, only to be turned down at Qantas and Garuda Airlines. Mom says she was informed that her son's passport would be marked by the federal authorities, but apparently never.
As a result, Jetstar promises to tighten its policy. "He just does not like the word no and that's what I got, a kid in Indonesia." (Closer to home, a North Carolina town makes the "coolest" places to visit list.)
This article was originally published on Newser: After Fighting Mama, the Child Gives Bali Getaway
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