The Sydney news documentary program ‘A current Affair’ had a hit on its hands over the weekend (and a scandal for the various airlines involved) when it reported on the story of a 12-year-old Australian boy who, after getting into a fight with his mother, stole her credit card from her purse, flew off to Perth at first and then from there to Bali, Indonesia where he checked himself into a swanky hotel and stayed for 4 nights.
He first of all tricked his grandmother into handing over his passport (said he needed it for school), then told his family he was in a hurry to leave for class and had stashed some cookies into his backpack. From home he drove his razor scooter to the local train station, took a train to Sydney airport and then checked himself in for a flight to Perth on a self-service check-in terminal. He boarded that first flight to Perth and from there took another flight to Indonesia.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RUNAWAY RASCAL: 12-year-old Drew had a fight with his mum, so he took off to Bali - all by himself. Watch his great escape MONDAY on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9ACA?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9ACA</a> <a href="https://t.co/nwg8feWn5E">pic.twitter.com/nwg8feWn5E</a></p>— A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) <a href="https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/987481200720785409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 21, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The argument it would appear was over the fact that his mother had forbidden him to go to Bali so he subsequently managed to book himself flights (researching an airline that allowed 12-year-olds to fly unaccompanied) and a hotel room.
To the astonishment of many, he was only quizzed at Perth airport where that airline staff asked him for identification to prove he was over 12.
Drew said: “They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school.”
“It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”
Upon arrival in Bali, he took a taxi and then checked in to the All Seasons hotel where he told the reception that his sister would soon show up. The Bali All Seasons confirmed that he was given a room.
The mother, when quizzed by the documentary maker, explained that her son doesn’t like hearing the word “no”.
“Shocked, disgusted, there’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas.”