Staff retrained after boy, 11, flew alone

Manchester Airport and (below) Liam Corcoran who flew alone to Rome with no passport.

Manchester Airport and (below) Liam Corcoran who flew alone to Rome with no passport.

0
Have your say

AIRLINE staff suspended after a boy flew from Manchester to Rome alone without a passport, cash or boarding pass have kept their jobs.

Three Jet2.com workers were suspended facing disciplinary action following the incident in July.

Liam Corcoran

Liam Corcoran

But the airline has now confirmed they have not lost their jobs and are back at work after being retrained.

Liam Corcoran, 11, formerly from Grange Park, evaded five separate checks to board the plane at Terminal One after giving his mum the slip at Wythenshawe Civic Centre.

He was only noticed by staff after the aircraft had taken off .

He spent two hours in the airport in Rome as the plane’s crew were quizzed by Italian authorities.

Liam was brought back on the return flight and reunited with his relieved mum.

The lapse, in July, sparked a top-level inquiry by the airline and bosses reviewed procedures at all its British airports.

Jet2 reinstated a headcount of passengers on every flight after it emerged crews did not routinely carry out the check and concluded this was the main reason why Liam was not spotted sooner.

The practice is not legally required by the Civil Aviation Authority, whose rules state the final check can be cabin crew checking boarding cards as passengers get on the plane from a walkway.

A spokesman for Jet2.com said the incident had been “thoroughly investigated” and staff had been retrained.

He added: “Following a full and thorough investigation, revised procedures have been implemented.

“Head counts are now in place across each of our flights from all airports, including those where airbridges are in use, and additional staff training has been carried out across the business.

“We continue to liaise closely with Manchester Airport regarding security.”

Aviation security expert Chris Yates said: “The fact the Department for Transport has not come forward with an investigation would suggest the actions taken by Jet2.com are proportionate given the risk involved.”

Jet2 flights out of Blackpool Airport continued to use the headcount procedure as airbridges are not used to board the planes on the apron at the Squires Gate hub.

Follow us on twitter @The_Gazette and like our page on facebook to keep up with all the latest news.