LONDON — The 11-year-old boy didn’t have a passport, didn’t have a ticket, didn’t have a boarding pass, and got all the way from England to Italy on his own.
For him, the 1,000-mile journey was a great adventure — and his excitement led to his discovery.
‘‘He was chatting away about being off by himself,’’ and passengers alerted the cabin crew, Russell Craig, a spokesman for Manchester Airport, said Wednesday.
The boy, who is known to be fascinated by transport and has a history of catching free rides on trains and buses, was sent back to Manchester on the return flight, Craig said.
For the airport, airline Jet2.com, and the British government, Tuesday’s incident was an embarrassing breach of security days before the start of the Olympics.
An undisclosed number of security staff employed by the airport and airline employees have been suspended while authorities investigate.