The situation has been confirmed by the airline and by Infraero, responsible for administering both Afonso Pena and Congonhas airports
A boy was able to trick the security personnel at Afonso Pena airport, in São José dos Pinhais, metropolitan region of Curitiba, and boarded without having a ticket a flight to São Paulo. The boy, who also had no documents, entered the boarding lounge and boarded a LATAM plane who took off destined to Congonhas airport. The case happened last Monday (15), and will be investigated by the Paraná Prosecutor’s Office (MP-PR).
The situation has been confirmed by the airline and by Infraero, responsible for administering both Afonso Pena and Congonhas airports.
In a statement, LATAM informed that “from the first moment” they have been in touch “both with the authorities and the guardians of the minor”, and that it provided assistance to return the boy to Curitiba on the same day.
Infraero added that the child boarded the plane without the necessary documents. In a statement, the company said that it is willing to cooperate with police authorities to clear the case and that, due to the fact, will now strengthen their security processes in the whole airport network it manages.
Even though LATAM’s statement points out that the company got in touch with the authorities, the Curitiba Child Protective Council answered it was never contacted, and the Civil Police also informed that no police report was filed to register what happened.
The MP-PR stated on Thursday (18) that the Curitiba Prosecutor’s Office for Penal Offenses against Children, Adolescents and Elderly – responsible for the issuing of travel authorizations – has also not been notified about the flaw, qualified by the organ as “extremely severe”.
According to state prosecutor Tarcila Santos Teixeira, next Monday (22) the Prosecutor’s Office will institute a procedure to investigate any administrative infractions. One of the first measures will be to request footage from the airport’s security cameras to understand how the boy was able to pass through the entrance inspections.
“Personally, in view of the information you are giving me, I think this situation is extremely serious because: there were two inspection checkpoints which failed, and allowed the clandestine entering of a child in an airplane that ended up in São Paulo. If this child boarded [easily], what can we say about the fact that he was able to disembark? And, once in São Paulo, he could go out and no one would ever see or hear this child again in the country,” points out the prosecutor.
The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) was questioned, but until 2:15 pm did not answer any of the questions asked by Gazeta do Povo.