It's not that uncommon to see children flying by themselves. But an 11-year-old English boy took that concept to a whole new level this week.

Not only was the minor without his parents on a flight from London to Rome, but he was also allowed on the flight without a ticket, boarding pass or ID.

Liam Corcoran had been shopping with his mother at a Manchester mall when he ran away, made a three mile trip to the airport and then managed to get himself on a plane to Italy.

According to officials, he attached himself to a family with a group of children, which somehow allowed him to go through five security check points and then board the aircraft without flashing any documentation.

"He was with a large group of other children, he appeared to be in a family group -- for whatever reason he wasn't checked," explained a Manchester Airport spokesman. "It was our responsibility -- we absolutely have to answer for that. This was a young lad on an adventure."

Needless to say, an investigation into the incident has been launched, and several staffers have been suspended pending its results.

As for Liam, he was returned back to England on the same flight and was met by his mother at the airport. He might have a lot of explaining to do, but the folks at Manchester Airport have even more.

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