Brazilian boy travels 2,700 km after sneaking on plane without parents
A little boy has had a miraculous journey after escaping from bed and catching a flight that took him on a 2700km journey across the country.
A nine-year-old globetrotter has been reunited with his family after sneaking onto a plane and traveling more than 2,700km across the country alone.
Brazilian boy Emanuel Marques de Oliveira was reported missing by his parents in the city of Manaus on Saturday morning.
Emanuel’s mother, Daniele Marques, told authorities her son was curled up in bed when she woke up early in the morning. However, when she went to see him again two hours later, he was gone, New York Post reports.
“I woke up at 5.30am, went to his room and saw he was sleeping normally,” she told Newsflash. “Then I fiddled with my cellphone a bit and got up again, at 7.30am, and that’s when I realized he wasn’t in his room anymore and I started to panic. .”
The aspiring traveler reportedly escaped his home and flew to a nearby airport, where he boarded a plane without a ticket.
Emanuel had Googled “How to get on a plane without being noticed”, according to local media.
The boy traveled 2,700 km on a Latam flight from Manaus in northwestern Brazil to the city of Guarulhos in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo.
His distraught mother spent the whole day wondering where her child was before finally learning that Emanuel was safe and sound on the other side of the country.
Manaus airport management is investigating how the boy was able to board a plane without travel documents or luggage.
Local police also requested security camera footage at the airport and opened an investigation, according to local media.
They say there is no history of violence in the family and the intrepid boy had simply decided to travel to Sao Paulo to visit other members of his family.
The cross-country trip comes just two years after a similar story in the United States made headlines around the world.
In January 2020, 15-year-old Sade Subbs walked through a TSA checkpoint at Orlando International Airport with a stranger’s boarding pass.
She was later apprehended, telling authorities that “she just wanted to fly on a plane.”
This article originally appeared on New York Post and has been republished with permission